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Former presidents of the United States Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush have promised to volunteer themselves to get their Covid-19 vaccines in the public to boost the public trust in the vaccine.
CNN reports that the three former occupants of the White House said their decision would help in the awareness campaign on the vaccines, its safety, and effectiveness in tackling the Covid-19 infection.
“I may end up taking it on TV or having it filmed, just so that people know that I trust this science,” Obama, a Democrat who left the White House in 2017, said in an interview with Sirius XM radio that aired on Wednesday.
Bush, a Republican and Obama’s predecessor, is willing to get a vaccine on camera once the U.S. Food and Drug Administration grants emergency approval, according to Freddy Ford, Bush’s chief of staff.
Clinton, a Democrat, will “definitely take a vaccine as soon as available to him, based on the priorities determined by public health officials,” his spokesman, Angel Urena, wrote in an email. “And he will do it in a public setting if it will help urge all Americans to do the same.”
Obama, speaking on Thursday, December 3, said he trusted Fauci’s effort in the production of the effective coronavirus vaccine, saying he would definitely take it on camera to boost the public faith.
He said: “People like Anthony Fauci, who I know, and I’ve worked with, I trust completely. So, if Anthony Fauci tells me this vaccine is safe and can vaccinate, you know, immunize you from getting Covid, absolutely, I’m going to take it.
“I promise you that when it’s been made for people who are less at risk, I will be taking it.”