“A few weeks ago President Bush asked me to let Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx know that, when the time is right, he wants to do what he can to help encourage his fellow citizens to get vaccinated,” Bush Chief of Staff Freddy Ford told Fox News.
Ford continued: “第一, the vaccines need to be deemed safe and administered to the priority populations. 然后, President Bush will get in line for his, and will gladly do so on camera.”
Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña similarly told Fox News that the former president, first elected in 1993, “will definitely take a vaccine as soon as available to him, based on the priorities determined by public health officials,” adding that “he will do it in a public setting if it will help urge all Americans to do the same.”
Obama also said he would take a vaccine in a pre-taped 面试 with SiriusXM’s “The Joe Madison Show” promoting the former president’s new memoir, “A Promised Land.”
“People like Anthony Fauci, who I know, and I’ve worked with, I trust completely,” Obama said during the interview when asked about African Americans potentially being skeptical about taking a COVID-19 vaccine given past medical experiments on the community. “So if Anthony Fauci tells me this vaccine is safe, and can vaccinate, 你懂, immunize you from getting COVID, 绝对, I’m going to take it.”
Obama added that he “may end up taking it on TV or having it filmed” so Americans know he trusts the science that went into developing the vaccine.
“What I don’t trust is getting COVID,” 他说. “I think at this point, particularly in the African American community, we are — African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans — we have the highest death rates from this thing, and are most exposed and most vulnerable, in part because we have a lot of preexisting conditions.”
Reasons behind the disparities differ, but the CDC attributes some differences to “persons from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups” 存在 “more likely to live in multigenerational and multifamily households, reside in congregate living environments, hold jobs requiring in-person work.”
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIH) Director Dr. Anthony Fauci has repeatedly 捍卫 the vaccine and its development process amid politicization. The Trump administration put $ 10 billion toward an initiative to develop a vaccine in May called “Operation Warp Speed.”