President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and new first lady Jill Biden are set to receive the coronavirus vaccine on live television Monday in Delaware, sending a message to Americans across the country that the vaccine is safe to take.
Since March, Mr. Biden’s team has taken the public health guidelines on social distancing and masks seriously because President Trump and his aides have deliberately ignored them. But even Mr. Biden’s more cautious circle has been infiltrated by the virus. Representative Cedric L. Richmond, Democrat of Louisiana and one of Mr Biden’s closest advisers, tested positive for the coronavirus last week, the transition team said.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is expected to receive her vaccine after Christmas, a spokeswoman said, following advice from doctors who recommended that Mr Biden and Ms Harris schedule their first vaccines rather than receive them together.
Vice President Mike Pence, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, all received the first dose of the vaccine on Friday.
Mr. Trump, however, has neither participated in nor supported the public health campaign to reassure vaccine skeptics worried about its dangers.
He did nothing to promote Mr Pence’s taking of the vaccine on Friday, a White House event in which officials asked all TV networks to broadcast live on TV for maximum exposure. . Instead, Mr. Trump tweeted anti-mask claims minutes after Mr. Pence received his vaccine.
Some of Mr. Trump’s advisers have defended his decision to postpone his own vaccination, arguing that he still had the protective effects of the monoclonal antibody cocktail that was used to treat him against the virus in October.
But doctors said it would set a good example for Americans who have recovered from Covid-19 by saying they should still get the vaccine.
“We know that the infection does not induce a very strong immune response and that it decreases over time,” Moncef Slaoui, chief advisor of Operation Warp Speed, said on Sunday on “The state of the world. ‘Union’ by CNN. “So I think, as a precaution, it’s appropriate to get the vaccine because it’s safe. I think people should be vaccinated, indeed.