Vice President Pence on Friday received the coronavirus vaccine on live television, making him the first White House official to do so.
Pence, the leader of the White House coronavirus task force, received the vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech a week after it was approved in a major milestone in the battle against the coronavirus. He did so publicly, at an event in the White House Friday morning, in order to help build public confidence in the vaccine and assure Americans of its safety and efficacy.
“We gather here today at the end of a historic week to affirm to the American people that hope is on the way,” Pence said in remarks after receiving the vaccine, assuring the public that while the officials “cut red tape” to quickly produce the vaccine, they “cut no corners.”
Second lady Karen Pence and U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams also received doses at the event on Friday. Medical technicians from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center administered the vaccine. The officials sat in front of television screens that read “Safe and Effective” and “Operation Warp Speed,” the Trump administration’s vaccine program.