Bush, Clinton, and Obama to publicly get coronavirus shots to quell American skepticism

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Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have all publicly announced that they are ready to be vaccinated against the coronavirus when it becomes available to keep the public safe.

Some politicians have expressed skepticism about a vaccine developed and distributed by the Trump administration, including President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, among other Democratic leaders.

“A few weeks ago, President Bush asked me to let Dr Fauci and Dr Birx know that when the time comes, he wants to do what he can to help his fellow citizens get vaccinated,” said Bush’s chief of staff, Freddy. Ford told Fox News.

President George W. Bush delivers his speech on the final night of the Republican National Convention at Madison Square Garden. (James Keivom / NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

Ford continued, “First, vaccines must be deemed safe and given to priority populations. Then President Bush will line up for his, and will gladly do so in front of the camera. ”

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Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña also told Fox News that the former president, first elected in 1993, “will certainly take a vaccine as soon as it becomes available, depending on priorities determined by officials. of public health, “adding that” it will do so in a public setting if that can inspire all Americans to do the same. ”

Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter pose in the Oval Office of the White House. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

Obama also said he would take a vaccine in a pre-recorded interview with SiriusXM’s “The Joe Madison Show” promoting the former president’s new memoir, “A Promised Land.”

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“People like Anthony Fauci, whom I know, and have worked with, I trust completely,” Obama said in the interview, when asked about African Americans potentially skeptical of taking a vaccine COVID-19 given past medical experiences on the community. “So if Anthony Fauci tells me that this vaccine is safe and that he can immunize you, you know, immunize you against COVID, absolutely, I’ll take it. ”

Obama added that he “might end up watching it on TV or having it filmed” so Americans know he trusts the science that developed the vaccine.

“What I don’t trust is being COVID,” he says. “I think at this point, especially in the African American community, we are – African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans – we have the highest death rates from this thing, and are the most exposed and the most vulnerable, in part because we have a lot of pre-existing conditions. ”

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on black, Hispanic and Native American communities – particularly in terms of hospitalizations and deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The reasons for the disparities differ, but the CDC attributes some differences to the fact that “people from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups” are “more likely to live in multi-generational and multi-family households, to live in collective living settings. , to hold jobs requiring in-person work ”.

The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH), Dr Anthony Fauci, has repeatedly defended the vaccine and its development process against a backdrop of politicization. The Trump administration invested $ 10 billion in an initiative to develop a vaccine in May called “Operation Warp Speed.”

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