Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s COVID-19 expert and President-elect Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, said on Tuesday morning that Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris ought to receive the vaccine for COVID-19 as soon as possible.
“This a person who very soon will be the president of the United States. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will very soon be the vice president of the United States,” Fauci told “Good Morning America” anchor George Stephanopoulos.
“For security reasons, I really feel strongly that we should get them vaccinated as soon as we possibly can,” the doctor continued. “You want [Biden] fully protected as he enters into the presidency in January, so that would be my strong recommendation.”
Fauci also recommended that President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence get vaccinated as well.
“You still want to protect people who are very important to our country right now,” he said, adding that while Trump “likely” has antibodies after getting infected with the virus several months ago, “we’re not sure how long that protection lasts.”
A few weeks ago, Fauci revealed that he had accepted Biden’s offer to be chief medical adviser and to remain on the White House’s COVID-19 response team after Trump, who has largely kept Fauci on the sidelines, departs.