United States Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has received the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine on live television in order to encourage others to receive the jab amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Harris received the Moderna Inc COVID-19 vaccine from a nurse wearing a mask and a face visor at a medical centre in southeast Washington, making her the second high-profile person from an ethnic minority background to receive the vaccine after Surgeon General Jerome Adams on December 18th.
"I barely felt it," Harris said after receiving the first dose in her upper left arm.
"I want to encourage everyone to get the vaccine - it is relatively painless ... it is safe ... it's literally about saving lives. I trust the scientists."
Harris's husband, Doug Emhoff, also received one dose of the vaccine on Tuesday.
Today I got the COVID-19 vaccine. I am incredibly grateful to our frontline health care workers, scientists, and researchers who made this moment possible.- Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) December 29, 2020
When you're able to take the vaccine, get it. This is about saving lives. pic.twitter.com/T5G14LtFJs
It comes following Joe Biden - who received his first vaccination dose last week - criticising the Trump administration's vaccine rollout, warning that distribution 'is falling behind, far behind'.
"A few weeks ago the Trump administration suggested that 20 million Americans could be vaccinated by the end of December," Biden said, at a Covid-19 briefing in Wilmington, Delaware on Tuesday.
"With only a few days left in December, we have only vaccinated a few million so far."
Biden added that he would 'move heaven and earth' to increase vaccination efforts as a priority.
"We also know there is vaccine hesitancy in many communities, especially in Black, Latino, and Native American communities who have not always been treated with the dignity and honesty they deserve by the federal government and the scientific community throughout our history," he said.
"We will do everything we can to show the vaccines are safe."
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