Vice President-elect Kamala Harris received the first dose of the Moderna covid-19 vaccine live on television on Tuesday and urged Americans to get vaccinated for the raging pandemic. A mask-wearing Harris received the first of her two shots at United Medical Center, located in an area of Washington, DC with a large African-American population.
Kamala shared the news at Twitter and thanked all the ones who worked in saving the lives and finding the vaccine. She wrote it as “Today I got the COVID-19 vaccine. I am incredibly grateful to our frontline health care workers, scientists, and researchers who made this moment possible. When you’re able to take the vaccine, get it. This is about saving lives”. I trust the scientists. And it is the scientists who created and approved this vaccine. So I urge everyone, when it is your turn, get vaccinated.” she added.
“So I want to remind people that right in your community is where you can take the vaccine, where you will receive the vaccine by folks you may know,” she said after receiving the vaccine manufactured by US firm Moderna. “So I want to remind people that they have trusted sources of help and that’s where they will be able to go to get the vaccine.”
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Senator Harris is Black and Asian-American and became the second high-profile person from an ethnic minority background to receive the vaccine after Surgeon General Jerome Adams on December 18. Democratic President-elect Joe Biden, who takes office on January 20, has said he will make the fight against the coronavirus, which has infected more than 19 million Americans and killed over 334,000. Biden received his first injected dose of the vaccine live on television last week. Two doses are required for full protection. The US Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency use authorization for two coronavirus vaccines: one from Pfizer/BioNTech and one from Moderna. Both Moderna’s and the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine have shown similar efficacy levels of nearly 95%, and both vaccines require two doses administered several weeks apart.
The vaccine was administered by Patricia Cummings, a clinical nurse manager at United Medical Center, in Washington, DC, according to the Biden-Harris transition team. Harris will become the first Black and Indian-American vice president when she takes office on January 20, as well as the first woman in the role. Her husband Doug Emhoff was also to be vaccinated.