Obama, Bush and Clinton says they'll publicly get coronavirus vaccine to prove it's safeBy Mark Pygas
Dec. 3 2020, Updated 1:14 p.m. ET
Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton have volunteered to publicly get vaccinated against coronavirus to boost faith in the vaccine. A recent poll by Gallup suggested that only six in 10 Americans would agree to receive the vaccine.
According to CNN, Bush has reached out to Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx to see how he can help to promote the vaccine.
"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," Bush's chief of staff, Freddy Ford, said in a statement. "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, told the publication that he would also be willing to publically receive the vaccine.
"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," Urena said.
In an interview with SiriusXM, Obama said: "People like Anthony Fauci, who I know, and I've worked with, I trust completely. So, if Anthony Fauci tells me this vaccine is safe, and can vaccinate, you know, immunize you from getting Covid, absolutely, I'm going to take it."
"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, and what I don't trust is getting Covid."
Obama went on to acknowledge why minorities may be skeptical of a coronavirus vaccine.
"I understand you know historically -- everything dating back all the way to the Tuskegee experiments and so forth -- why the African American community, would have some skepticism. But the fact of the matter is, is that vaccines are why we don't have polio anymore, the reason why we don't have a whole bunch of kids dying from measles and smallpox and diseases that used to decimate entire populations and communities," Obama said.