Dr. Anthony Fauci has agreed to take a COVID-19 vaccine in a televised event on Tuesday at the National Institute of Health.
“I’m ready to go,” Fauci said.
“I’m going to get vaccinated as soon as I can. I hope that’s going to be within the next few days to the early part of next week.”
Fauci will receive his vaccine one day after President-Elect Joe Biden received his in Delaware. As elderly Americans and public officials, the two qualify to receive the vaccine earlier than most. In the new year, Biden and Fauci will work hand in hand to curb the spread of the virus.
Alongside Biden and Fauci, National Institute of Health Director Francis Collins and Health and Human Services Secretary will also take to the vaccine in Bethesda, Maryland on Tuesday. Like many other public figures, Azar and Collins hope that taking the vaccine publicly will increase confidence in the treatment.
“I am doing this to demonstrate that people should be prepared when it’s available to take the vaccine,” the President-Elect said after receiving his vaccine.
Vaccines will continue to be distributed nationwide as more companies enter the treatments into the market.