Former President Barack Obama speaks in support of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden during a drive-in rally at Florida International University on November 2, 2020 in Miami, Florida.
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Former president Barack Obama said on Wednesday that he will take a coronavirus vaccine as soon as one becomes available and may film it to help build confidence in the United States about vaccine safety.
“I’m going to record it, and maybe I’ll have it on TV or filmed so people know I trust this science,” he told SiriusXM’s “The Joe Madison Show” during an interview due to air Thursday. “What I don’t trust is to get Covid.”
Obama’s comment came after numerous polls revealed that many Americans are skeptical about getting a Covid-19 vaccine, which may jeopardize US vaccination efforts to fight the pandemic that has now killed at least 1.48 million people worldwide. Black people, in particular, who are disproportionately affected by the virus, seem less willing to take it. According to a recent Gallup poll.
Medical experts say fears escalated due to the pandemic and the president’s concerns Donald Trump urges regulators to approve a vaccine before it’s ready and is responsible for the skepticism.
However, reluctance or refusal to vaccinate was a growing problem in the US long before the pandemic began. Medical experts point to a long unmasked study published by British researchers in 1998 that links measles vaccines to autism in children. That only encouraged Anti-Vaxxer, a group of activists known for resisting vaccinations and spreading misinformation.
During the interview, Obama mentioned that too Tuskegee Study, who were not offered treatment to black men with syphilis for decades after penicillin became available in the 1940s to allow government researchers to study the long-term effects of the disease.
“I understand historically everything that goes back to the Tuskegee experiments, etc., why the African American community would be a little skeptical,” he said. “But the fact is, vaccines are the reason we don’t have polio anymore. And they’re the reason we don’t have a slew of children dying from measles, smallpox, and diseases that used to be entire populations and communities decimate. “
States expect to Distribute a Covid vaccine in just two weeks. Moderna and Pfizer Late last month, the FDA filed for emergency approval for its Covid-19 vaccines. FDA reviews are expected to take a few weeks, and the agency has scheduled a meeting on December 10 to discuss Pfizer’s application for approval.
On Tuesday, a panel from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted 13-1 in favor of providing health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities in the United States. the first coronavirus vaccine doses as soon as it is released for public use.
Obama said he would take a vaccine if Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert, said he was safe. Obama said he assumed the vaccine would be made available to the most vulnerable first. He asked her to get vaccinated.
“If you are in this category, if you are older, if you have a pre-existing illness, if you are a front line worker, if you are a medical worker, if you are in a grocery store, if you are a first responder, you should do this Take the vaccine, “he said.