- In a bold show of leadership, three former US presidents have volunteered themselves to be given COVID-19 vaccine on camera
- According to Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, this will boost the public confidence on the vaccine
- Obama and Bush have both contacted and been speaking on Dr Anthony Fauci's ability to deliver an effective vaccine
The trio of former United States presidents, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, have promised to volunteer themselves to get their COVID-19 vaccines in the public to boost the public trust on the vaccine.
According to the report in the CNN, the three respected former presidents said this would help in the awareness campaign on the vaccines, its safety and effectiveness to tackle the COVID-19 infection.
To that effect, Bush, the 43rd president of the US, was reported to have met with Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx - director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the White House coronavirus response coordinator respectively.
Obama, speaking on Thursday, December 3, said he trusted Fauci's effort in the production of the effective coronavirus vaccine, saying he would definitely take it on camera to boost the public faith. He said:
"People like Anthony Fauci, who I know, and I've worked with, I trust completely. So, if Anthony Fauci tells me this vaccine is safe and can vaccinate, you know, immunize you from getting Covid, absolutely, I'm going to take it.
"I promise you that when it's been made for people who are less at risk, I will be taking it."
First COVID-19 vaccine authorised in UK, first in the west
In a major step in the fight against COVID-19, the government of the United Kingdom authorised the Pfizer COVID vaccine for the treatment of the coronavirus infection, obviously the first of its kind from the west.
The approval was given on Tuesday, December 1, after Pfizer-BioNTech jab, an independent medicines agency, certified the vaccine for general use.
According to a statement released on Wednesday morning, December 2, the UK department of health and social care said the government accepted the recommendation for the rolling out of the vaccine next week.
Speaking on the historical achievement, Nadhim Zahawi, the UK newly-elected minister of vaccine, said the approval was granted following "months of rigorous clinical trials."