President Donald Trump says he is willing to take the COVID-19 vaccine live on TV, a White House official has revealed.
This latest revelation is coming despite reports that he might not need the vaccine after recovering from Covid-19 back in October.
“He’s expressed his willingness. I think there is an open question as to whether, ultimately, he will be one of the ones taking it on-air. And that’s simply a function of whether that would actually serve the desired purpose given the fact he’s a recovered patient,” an official told reporters during an on-background call.
Trump and first lady, Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19 in early October during which Trump was briefly hospitalized at Walter Reed, before returning to the White House after recovering.
Meanwhile, former presidents Barack Obama, George W Bush and Bill Clinton have also said they will take the coronavirus vaccine on TV to promote its safety.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to meet this week to discuss approval for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine which has been given green-light by the UK.
The officials is also expected to meet again on December 17 to discuss the request for authorization of the Moderna vaccine.
Currently, the US has the highest number of coronavirus cases – 14.9 million infections and 283,503 deaths – worldwide, research by Johns Hopkins University has revealed.