Pence will be vaccinated on live TV, in addition to the administration's mixed virus message

Dec 18, 2020 Travel News

Pence will be vaccinated on live TV, in addition to the administration’s mixed virus message

But the president is also aware that much of his political base is made up of supporters who refuse to wear masks and so-called anti-vaxxers wary of the Covid-19 vaccine. After months of arguing against public health experts, people familiar with his thinking have said, Mr. Trump feels, on some level, that he doesn’t want to be seen as ultimately giving in to the advice of the same people he denigrated. .

Some heavily followed online supporters have even criticized him in recent days for promoting the vaccine. “You know, Trump, probably 80% of your base doesn’t want this vaccine,” DeAnna Lorraine, a QAnon conspiracy theorist with a large following on InfoWars, said last week. “I don’t care who takes it. I don’t care if Jesus takes it. I am not taking the vaccine.

Public health officials said they were happy the vice president was vaccinated in public, as well as surgeon general Jerome Adams, despite the president’s lack of interest in sending a similar public health message.

“It’s the right thing to do,” said Dr. Vinay Gupta, assistant professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Washington. “The question is why don’t they do it together, six feet apart?” It would be really powerful for the President, who has received exceptional treatment, to say that even despite the best care, it is important that I receive this vaccine.

Mr Trump’s decision, so far, not to get the vaccine, Dr Gupta said, risked undermining the confidence Mr Pence might instill among skeptics who draw inspiration from the president alone.

“The fact that he doesn’t get it makes you wonder if he’s worried,” Dr Gupta said. He also said the administration’s confused messages – hailing the vaccine while throwing holiday celebrations – risked “giving false assurances to the American people that the vaccine is here and that vigilance is no longer. necessary”.

White House officials said Mr. Trump did not need to be vaccinated because he still had the protective effects of the cocktail of monoclonal antibodies that was used to treat him against the virus in October. But Dr Gupta said that was a misinterpretation of the results and that there was “no scientific reason not to get vaccinated”.