Dr. Anthony Fauci, who serves as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has suggested that President-elect Joe Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, President Donald Trump, and Vice President Mike Pence should get the COVID-19 vaccine soon.
The expert on infectious diseases said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that the people with a significant role to play right now should receive the shots for their security. He also said that Biden should be the priority.
Fauci: “This is a person who very soon will be the president of the United States. Kamala Harris will very soon be vice president of the United States. For security reasons I really feel strongly that we should get them vaccinated as soon as we possibly can.
You want him fully protected as he enters into the presidency in January. So that would be my strong recommendation.”
Additionally, the doctor mentioned that President Trump still has antibodies for the coronavirus in his body. Fauci said the antibodies may protect Trump for a few more months, but he believed that the president should still get the COVID-19 vaccine to be “doubly sure.”
“If he were asking me, I would recommend that he do that, as well as Vice President Pence,” Fauci stated. “You still want to protect people that are very important to our country,” he added.
President Trump has tested positive for COVID-19 last October and has since made a full recovery.
The United States might face a “critical” time with regards to the pandemic, according to Dr. Fauci. He says that the country may see a big surge the number of COVID-19 cases due to the long holiday.
As of writing, COVID-19 has infected about 16.5 million people in the U.S., as per Johns Hopkins University’s tracking center.