Leading by example, President-elect Joe Biden receives COVID-19 vaccine

U.S. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Monday received the first shot of his coronavirus vaccine.

Biden received the first course of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at ChristianaCare Hospital in Wilmington, Delaware. The shot was administered by Tabe Masa, Nurse Practitioner and Head of Employee Health Services at ChristianaCare Hospital.

Mr. Biden, who was masked, wore a long sleeve shirt, held up his sleeve, and received the shot in his left arm.

Incoming First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, who received the first course of the Pfizer BioNtech-Covid-19 vaccine earlier in the day, joined the president -elect.

Then he made brief comments about the pandemic. He did not respond to shouted questions and the pool was quickly led out of the room. The entire event was over in a matter of minutes.

Biden said he was vaccinated publicly to demonstrate there was nothing to worry about and that Americans should come forward and be vaccinated when shots are available.

Biden said despite the vaccine, “this is just the beginning,” urging Americans to listen to health experts by wearing face masks, social distancing and canceling unnecessary trips.

The President-elect will receive the second shot of the vaccine in 21 days, before he takes office on January 20, 2021.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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