President-elect vaccinated publicly to “build confidence in the scientific process”
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden received the COVID-19 vaccination on Monday.
Previously, Biden said he would do so publicly to “build confidence in the scientific process.”
Several other prominent political figures received the vaccine last week, including Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The distribution of a vaccine from Moderna, which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration on Friday, also began Monday.
Earlier this month, the first vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech was registered in the United States.
The vaccine is primarily for health care workers and those in nursing homes.
A federal advisory board said Sunday that the next group should be people over 75, as well as those who work in sensitive areas: firefighters, teachers and grocery store workers.
The United States has seen a surge in illnesses over the past two months. In the past week, there has been a daily increase of more than 215,000 new cases.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the United States ranks first in the world in the number of deaths from COVID-19, with the disease claiming more than 317,000 lives in the country.