Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the US, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has received one of the first doses of the newly authorized Moderna vaccine.
He has done so to encourage others to take the vaccine, which could be the hope to finally control the out-of-control coronavirus. Fauci has told the media that he decided to take the vaccine publicly as it would prompt others to take it too.
The public vaccination of politicians is expected to create awareness among the American people about the safety and the efficacy of the vaccine. US Vice President Mike Pence and US President-elect Joe Biden have already taken their vaccinations at public events.
Both sides of the political divide expect that these events will prompt the public to actively seek the vaccination.
The US is the hardest hit nation when it comes to the coronavirus. So far, the US has recorded over 18.6 million cases and over 330,000 deaths.
A vaccine is widely believed to be the solution that would finally control the rapidly spreading virus.