Joe Biden putting on a protective mask, in Wilmington on November 24, 2020. -

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After former US presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, it is the turn of an elected president to advertise the vaccine against Covid-19.

Joe Biden said Tuesday he was ready to be vaccinated "in public" as soon as he can, the day after the launch by the United States of a vast national vaccination campaign.

Immunologist Anthony Fauci, a well-respected scientist appointed by Joe Biden as senior advisor for the fight against the virus, "recommended that I be vaccinated as soon as possible," the future president told reporters in Delaware.

"I want to make sure it is done according to procedure and when I do, you will be warned and I will do it in public," said the president-elect, who at 78 is one of those at risk.

Objective: wearing the mask for 100 days

During the presidential campaign, which took place in the midst of a pandemic, he was largely limited to virtual meetings or to the very limited public, and always scrupulously respected barrier gestures, unlike Donald Trump.

He said that once invested as 46th president on January 20, he would ask Americans to wear a mask for 100 days in order to curb the pandemic which has killed more than 300,000 people in the United States.

US authorities plan to vaccinate some 20 million people by the end of December, 100 million by the end of March and the entire population in the summer.

But part of the population has expressed reluctance to use a completely new vaccine and concerns about its side effects.


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