A former medical adviser to the Bush administration says
Dr. Jonathan Reiner made the urge in an interview with
‘[The vaccination] should absolutely be public and I would vaccinate the incoming president on Monday and the incoming Vice President too – that’s what I’d do.
‘Let’s think about this: It takes about a month for the full extent of this vaccine to take hold until you’re truly immune,’ he said.
‘So we are now 39 days away from the inauguration – I want the incoming president to be immune of this virus when he takes office and it’s going to take almost all the [remaining] time to do that.’
Dr. Jonathan Reiner made the urge in an interview with CNN on Saturday evening
The former Bush adviser insisted that, for Biden, the vaccine is a key part of his presidential protections and is ‘no different to his secret service [detail] or his armored car, or any protections surrounding the White House.’
‘This is a biological protection – and I would vaccinate him on Monday,’ Reiner added.
Reiner continued that he believed the Biden should receive the vaccine publicly, and possibly alongside first responders.
‘This will go a long way to show this is a safe vaccine,’ he said. ‘That’s really the concern, that’s where the reluctance is. People who are hesitant to take the vaccine are worried, is it safe.
And if the incoming president is taking it, then that will go a long way to assuage any concern.’
Biden previously urged Americans to have confidence in Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine on Friday after a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel endorsed it.
‘I want to make it clear to the public: You should have confidence in this. There is no political influence’ Biden said, speaking from Wilmington, Delaware.
Of the virus, he said, ‘We can wish this away, but we need to face it.’
Reiner said he believes President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris should be vaccinated on Monday
The former Bush adviser (pictured in 2001) insisted that, for Biden, the vaccine is a key part of his presidential protections and is ‘no different to his secret service [detail] or his armored car, or any protections surrounding the White House’
He also reiterated his ‘bold and doable’ commitment to trying to vaccinate 100 million Americans in the first 100 days of his administration.
The ambitious pledge was first made by Biden on last Tuesday, an announcement in which he claimed he’d also be making it a requirement to wear a mask throughout the duration of those 100 days anywhere he can legally order it.
The FDA approved the COVID-19 vaccine for widespread use in the US on Friday (file photo)
‘Under the law,’ Biden’s mask mandate will be enacted in places such as in federal buildings and during interstate travel on planes, trains and buses.
Biden, 78, said the focus of his administration would be on getting the vaccine to ‘those most at risk’, including healthcare professionals and those in long-term care facilities as he described distribution of the vaccine as a ‘Herculean task.’
‘Masking, vaccinations, opening schools,’ Biden said. ‘These are the three key goals of my first 100 days.’
Calling Covid-19 a ‘mass casualty,’ Biden also warned Americans that ‘things may well get worse before they get better,’ cautioning that ‘It will take longer than we would like to distribute’ a vaccine to everyone in the country.
‘My first 100 days won’t end the Covid virus, I can’t promise that,’ Biden said. But, he added, ‘in 100 days, we can change course of disease and change life in America for the better.’