US Vice President Mike Pence was vaccinated against the coronavirus on Friday morning. He did so on live television to increase public confidence in the safety and efficacy of a new vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.
The vaccine was also given to the wife of Vice President Karen Pence and chief surgeon Jerome Adams in one of the administrative buildings in Washington, near the White House. Doctors recommended that all three be re-vaccinated after 21 days.
On the air, Pence called the vaccination in progress a “medical miracle,” saying it took an average of 8 to 12 years to develop, manufacture and distribute a vaccine. Pence highlighted the tremendous work being done by the National Institutes of Health, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the President’s Project Operation Supersonic Speed Team.
Mike Pence said that the coming Christmas is always a holiday of hope and added that the current vaccination also brings hope to the American people and people in other countries. Pence said the Trump administration expects 20 million Americans to be vaccinated by the end of December.
There are over 75 million cases of COVID-19 infection worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. Of these, in the United States – 17.2 million cases of infection.