PRESIDENT-ELECT Joe Biden received his first dose of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine Monday, an event that was broadcast live as part of efforts to reassure the American public about its safety.
Mr. Biden was administered the vaccine at ChristianaCare Hospital in Newark, Delaware, saying “I’m ready” as he rolled up the sleeve on his left arm before getting his shot.
The president-elect gave credit to the Trump administration for its efforts accelerating the development and distribution of coronavirus vaccines through Operation Warp Speed and said: “this is just the beginning.”
Mr. Biden, though, encouraged Americans to continue following public health guidelines to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, including wearing masks, social distancing and curbing their travel for the holidays.
The Food and Drug Administration has authorized two coronavirus vaccines, one from Pfizer and one from Moderna, for emergency use, setting into motion the nation’s largest vaccination campaign. Pfizer’s vaccine, developed with Germany’s BioNTech, was shipped last week after receiving the green light from the FDA and administered to health care workers first. Residents of long-term care facilities are also in the first batch of Americans receiving the coronavirus vaccine.