White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Tuesday that some senior Trump administration officials will soon publicly take Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine to ensure public trust in its safety and efficacy.
President Donald Trump, however, might not be part of that first group.
McEnany, fielding questions at a White House press briefing, noted that “the president has said he is absolutely open to taking the vaccine.”
“He’s been emphatic about that, to me privately and to you all publicly. He did recently recover from COVID,” she continued. “He has the continued protective effects of the monoclonal antibody cocktail that I mentioned, and he will receive the vaccine as soon as his medical team determines that it’s best. He wants to make sure the vulnerable get access first.”
In response to a followup question on Dr. Anthony Fauci’s earlier comments — that Trump and President-elect Joe Biden should publicly take the vaccine — McEnany stated “there will be senior administration officials taking it publicly to instill confidence. It’s very important.”
She added that she “absolutely” is open to taking the vaccine publicly if asked, but again clarified previous reporting that the majority of White House staff would not have access to the vaccine until front line workers and the “vulnerable” are vaccinated first.
“Absolutely,” McEnany continued when asked if Trump will publicly urge people to be vaccinated. “These are vaccines he oversaw the development of. He has great confidence in them. He wants to see all Americans get this vaccine and he wants to see the most vulnerable among us get it first.”