Joe Biden to receive Covid-19 vaccine on live television

President-elect Joe Biden has received his first dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, saying he was getting this to point out Americans it's "safe to take".

Mr. Biden joins a growing number of political leaders getting the jab, including Vice-President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

On Sunday, the roll-out began for a second vaccine, by Moderna, which was approved last week.

More than 500,000 Americans are said to possess now been vaccinated.

"I am doing this to demonstrate that folks should be prepared when it's available to require the vaccine and there's nothing to worry about.", Biden said.

He said the Trump administration "deserves some credit" for launching the country's vaccine programme.

Mr. Biden's wife, Jill Biden, received her first dose earlier within the day, the president-elect said. Mr. Biden's campaigner, Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff are expected to receive their first shots next week. The Biden team has set a goal of 100 million Covid-19 vaccinations within the US during the administration's first 100 days within the White House. During the pandemic, the US has recorded more than 18 million cases and 319,000 deaths. Former President Donald Trump, who spent three days in hospital with the coronavirus in October, has not said when he intends to urge the vaccine. The former president is now one of last of the country's top elected officials to have not received the first of the course of two jabs. "I am not scheduled to require the vaccine, but anticipate to doing so at the acceptable time," Trump wrote in his tweet on 13th December. Some of his advisers have defended the delay, saying he's still protected by the treatments he received to beat the virus.

Who gets the vaccine first? The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sunday released a replacement set of guidelines for subsequent groups of USA citizens to be eligible for vaccination. Phase 1A: US vaccine distribution has thus far 21 million healthcare workers, also because the three million elderly Americans living in long-term care facilities. Vaccinations for this group began last week. Phase 1B: Americans aged 75 and older, additionally to frontline workers are going to be next up. This broad category includes some 30 million workers "who are in sectors essential to the functioning of society" with high risk of exposure. First responders, corrections workers, US mail employees, and people who add education, transportation system , grocery stores, manufacturing, food and agriculture are going to be eligible. This phase is expected to begin in January. Phase 1C: Americans aged 65 and older, those with underlying medical conditions that increase their risk of severe illness from Covid-19, and other essential non-frontline workers. This category includes an estimated 129 million people.

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