Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are volunteering to get their Covid-19 vaccines on camera to promote public confidence in the vaccine's safety once the US Food and Drug Administration authorizes one.
The three most recent former presidents hope an awareness campaign to promote confidence in its safety and effectiveness would be a powerful message as American public health officials try to convince the public to take the vaccine.
Bush's chief of staff told CNN that the 43rd President had reached out to Dr. Anthony Fauci — the nation's top infectious disease expert — and Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, to see how he could help promote the vaccine. Clinton's press secretary told CNN that he too would be willing to take the vaccine in a public setting in order to promote it.
Obama, in an interview with SiriusXM host Joe Madison, 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."
He added: "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."