Mr. Adams, Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Second Lady Karen Pence received the coronavirus vaccine, which was developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, live on TV Friday to promote its safety to Americans.
On Monday, President-elect Joe Biden and future First Lady Dr Jill Biden will receive their first doses of the vaccine. President Trump is still not expected to receive the vaccine approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this month.
The FDA approved a separate vaccine from pharmaceutical company Moderna last week as the first doses of the Pfizer treatment began to be delivered across the United States.
Speaking on CBS News’ Face the nation Host Margaret Brennan asked Adams on Sunday why President Trump was still not supposed to get the vaccine.
“From a scientific standpoint, I will remind people that the president has had Covid in the past 90 days,” the surgeon general said on Sunday.
Ms Brennan pointed out to Mr Adams that having antibodies does not make someone immune to Covid-19, but the surgeon general replied that the treatment Mr Trump received when he contracted coronavirus in October is the reason he has not yet been vaccinated.
“He’s been given monoclonal antibodies and it’s actually a scenario where we’re saying to people, ‘maybe you should expect to get the shot,’” Adams said.
He then told Ms. Brennan that if anyone had had this treatment, he recommended that they talk to their “health care provider to find the right time” to get the vaccine.
Mr. Adams added in reference to President Trump: “Aside from politics, there is a medical reason. ”
Mr Trump was treated for coronavirus at Walter Reed Medical Center for three days in October, where he received the experimental monoclonal antibody treatment from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.
In November, the treatment was approved by the FDA for use in treating Covid-19 patients with mild to moderate symptoms, with the aim of preventing further hospitalizations amid a dramatic increase in coronavirus cases. in the USA.
At the time, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said, “Authorizing these monoclonal antibody therapies can help outpatients avoid hospitalization and ease the burden on our healthcare system.
Pendant Face the nation On Sunday, Ms Brennan highlighted figures from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s health tracking poll, which showed 42% of Republicans said they probably wouldn’t get it or they definitely wouldn’t get it. no coronavirus vaccine.
Ms Brennan then asked Mr Adams why the President “doesn’t just make public service announcements to people who have voted for him and trust him?”
Mr Adams replied, “I got the shot, the vice president got the shot, and a lot of Republicans watch him and see him get the shot, and I hope people will talk to their health care providers about it. trust.”
He added that he hopes people “will get the information they need to make an appropriate choice to help us reopen our economy and get back to normal and save lives.”
According to Johns Hopkins University, there are now more than 17.6 million people who have tested positive for the coronavirus in the United States. The death toll reached 316,209.