President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris should get the new COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as possible, Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Tuesday.
“For security reasons I really feel strongly that we should get them vaccinated as soon as we possibly can. We want him fully protected as he enters into the presidency in January. So, that would be my strong recommendation,” Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
He also urged President Trump to get the coronavirus vaccine even though he recovered from a bout of the disease in October.
“If he were asking me, I would recommend that he do that, as well as Vice President Pence. You still want to protect people who are very important to our country right now,” Fauci said.
Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force who Biden tapped as his chief medical advisor, added that Trump probably has coronavirus antibodies.
“We’re not sure how long that protection lasts. So, to be doubly sure, I would recommend that he get vaccinated, as well as the vice president,” he said.
Anthony Fauci appears virtually with President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisGetty Images
The first federally approved COVID-19 vaccine rolled out in the US on Monday — the same day that the country’s death toll from the pandemic exceeded 300,000.
The vaccine, developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, was granted emergency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration on Friday evening.