- Joe Biden took the Pfizer vaccine on Monday night, December 21
- The president-elect said he decided to receive the injection to show Americans the vaccine was safe
- Vice president-elect Harris Kamala and her husband, Doug Emhoff, are expected to receive their first shots next week
America's president-elect, Joe Biden, has received a dose of COVID-19 vaccine on live TV to build confidence in the newly developed vaccine among the US citizens.
Biden joined a list of other top leaders in the US who have taken the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine among the outgoing vice president Mike Pence and speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Through a post on his Twitter handle on Monday, December 21, night, Biden said he decided to take the vaccine on live TV to show Americans the jab was safe to take.
He thanked the scientists who worked tirelessly on the vaccine and managed to develop a safe one within a short period of time.
"Today, I received the COVID-19 vaccine. To the scientists and researchers who worked tirelessly to make this possible — thank you. We owe you an awful lot.
And to the American people — know there is nothing to worry about. When the vaccine is available, I urge you to take it."
He noted his wife, Jill Biden, had taken the jab early in the day.
Harris Kamala schedule
Vice President-elect Harris Kamala and her husband, Doug Emhoff, are expected to receive their first shots next week.
Former president Barack Obama earlier hinted at taking the jab on live TV to encourage Americans and the world to follow suit. It is not yet clear when he will take the dose.
President Donald Trump who contracted the virus and was hospitalised for about three weeks has not said whether or not he will take the dose.
America's COVID-19 caseload
According to BBC, more than 500,000 Americans are said to have been vaccinated so far.
Biden promised to procure 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses during his administration's first 100 days in the White House.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted priority will be given to health workers and elderly Americans.
The US has recorded more than 18 million cases of COVID-19 and 319,000 deaths.
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