Joe Biden Expected to Publicly Receive COVID-19 Vaccine Next Week

Before taking office, President-elect Joe Biden is expected to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech cororavirus vaccine as early as next week.

On Wednesday, both CNN and MSNBC reported that the former vice president is believed to be getting his shot in a public setting.

Despite his status at the next commander-in-chief, Biden wanted to wait in line just like everybody else.

“I don't want to get ahead of the line, but I want to make sure we demonstrate to the American people that it is safe to take," Biden told reporters Wednesday in Wilmington, Delaware.

"When I do it, I'll do it publicly, so you can all witness my getting it done," he added.

In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper earlier this month, Biden said he would be "happy to" get the vaccine once Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of President Trump's coronavirus task force, says it is safe.

"People have lost faith in the ability of the vaccine to work," Biden told Tapper. "Already the numbers are really staggeringly low, and it matters what the president and vice president do."

Biden also said in his interview that he will ask the American public to wear face masks during his first 100 days in office.

"Just 100 days to mask — not forever, just 100 days. And I think we'll see a significant reduction.”

Biden’s vocal confidence in the vaccine comes after news that former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama have all publicly said they would get the shot.

“I think that my three predecessors have set the model as to what should be done, saying, once it's declared to be safe,” he told Tapper, “then obviously we take it and it's important to communicate to the American people.”

On Monday, the U.S. began administering the vaccine to health care workers and residents of assisted living facilities.

Queens nurse Sandra Lindsay, who has treated COVID-19 patients, became the first person in the United States to receive the shot.

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