Three former US presidents are pledging to take the coronavirus vaccine on camera. Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama all said that once the vaccine is available, they will take it to encourage skeptical Americans to get immunized.
“I promise you that when it’s been made for people who are less at risk, I will be taking it. I may end up taking it on TV or having it filmed, just so that people know that I trust this science,” Obama said in an interview and reported by NPR.
Freddy Ford, Bush’s chief of staff, told CNN he’s on board too.
“A few weeks ago President Bush asked me to let Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx know that, when the time is right, he wants to do what he can to help encourage his fellow citizens to get vaccinated,” Ford said. “First, the vaccines need to be deemed safe and administered to the priority populations. Then, President Bush will get in line for his, and will gladly do so on camera.”
Clinton’s press secretary Angel Urena also talked with the outlet, saying he will do the same.
“President Clinton will definitely take a vaccine as soon as available to him, based on the priorities determined by public health officials. And he will do it in a public setting if it will help urge all Americans to do the same.”