President-elect Joe Biden received his second coronavirus vaccine dose during a public appearance Monday at ChristianaCare Hospital in Newark, Delaware.
“My number one priority is getting vaccines into people’s arms, like I just did today, as rapidly as we can,” Biden told reporters after getting the shot. The president-elect also announced a scheduled meeting with advisors on the coronavirus Monday afternoon and said he planned to release more details about his coronavirus plan Thursday, according to The Hill.
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Biden received his first dose of the vaccine manufactured by Pfizer and BioNTech at the same location during a similar public appearance in late December. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris publicly received her first dose of the vaccine manufactured by Moderna days later, and is expected to receive her second dose soon.
Biden and top government officials from both political parties have received their shots in public as part of an effort to boost public confidence in the coronavirus, according to The Hill. (RELATED: Hundreds Of Doses Of Coronavirus Vaccine Were Thrown Away Due To Strict Rules, Mistakes)
President Donald Trump has yet to receive the vaccine and won’t be administered one until recommended by the White House medical team, a White House official previously told CNN.
Biden has vowed to administer 100 million doses of the vaccine during his first 100 days in office, according to CBS News. The president-elect has also criticized the Trump administration for moving too slowly in vaccine distribution — only 9 million Americans have been vaccinated according to an Oxford University vaccination tracker.
The incoming Biden administration plans to release all available vaccine doses at once, according to The Hill, a shift from the Trump administration’s decision to hold up the vaccine supply for second doses.