President Trump tweeted on Sunday night that he had stopped an administrative policy Give White House staff the COVID-19 vaccine priority, but it will be vaccinated against the virus “at the right time”.
Why it matters: NIAID Director Anthony Fauci says 75% -80% of Americans must be vaccinated against the coronavirus in order to achieve herd immunity. Adopting vaccines is a matter of trust, and most institutions have trust Reach generation lows.
- Director of the National Institutes of Health Francis Collins told NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday that vaccination skepticism was a “source of great concern for all of us” when he urged people to “ignore all these terrible conspiracy theories.”
- National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot cited the perception of vaccination safety as the reason for his announcement on Sunday that US officials had been in the country’s three branches of government given top priority for vaccination.
The big picture: The first batch of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines left Michigan earlier on Sunday.
- There are a limited number of vaccines in production, and the CDC recommends that priority be given to the groups at greatest risk, including healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities.
By the numbers: Cases and deaths from the virus continue to rise in the United States. Nearly 300,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and nearly 16.3 million have tested positive. by Johns Hopkins.