Former US Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama volunteered to be publicly vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The three most recent former presidents hope an awareness campaign to promote confidence in its safety and effectiveness would send a powerful message as US public health officials try to convince the public to get vaccinated.
Clinton’s press secretary told CNN that he would also be willing to take the vaccine in a public setting to promote it on Wednesday.
“President Clinton will certainly take a vaccine as soon as it becomes available, depending on the priorities determined by public health officials.” And it will do it in a public setting if it helps urge all Americans to do the same, ” Angel Urena said.
Obama, in an interview with SiriusXM host Joe Madison due to air Thursday, said that if Fauci was saying a coronavirus vaccine is safe, he believes it.
“I promise you that when it is done for people at less risk, I will take it,” he said. ” I can end up watching it on TV or having it filmed, just so people know I trust this science, and what I don’t trust is getting Covid,” he said, he adds.
For his part, George W. Bush’s chief of staff, Freddy Ford, told CNN that the former president recently asked him to meet with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease specialist, and Dr. Deborah Birx, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, to tell them ” that when the time comes, he wants to do what he can to encourage his fellow citizens to get vaccinated.”
“First, vaccines must be deemed safe and given to priority populations. Then-President Bush will line up for his, and will willingly do so in front of the camera, ” the same source specifies.