U.S. President-elect Joe Biden opens up about new crown vaccine

  • Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- President-elect Joe Biden publicly inoculated with the New Crown vaccine at a hospital in Delaware on the afternoon of Dec. 21, local time, in hopes of demonstrating to the public the safety of the vaccine, according to the Associated Press.

    Biden said: "I'm doing this to show that people should be ready to get vaccinated when they can." "There's nothing to worry about."

    On the afternoon of Dec. 21, local time, President-elect Joe Biden publicly administered the New Crown vaccine at a hospital in Delaware.

    However, he noted that distributing the vaccine "takes time" and urged Americans to take precautions to avoid the spread of the virus during the holiday season, including wearing masks. "If you don't need to travel, don't travel," Biden said. "It's really important."

    During the injection, Biden reportedly thanked those involved in the development and distribution of the vaccine, as well as frontline health care workers. Biden's wife, Jill, had completed the inoculation hours earlier.

    Previously, the Biden transition team said Vice President-elect Harris would be inoculated the week after Biden's vaccination, and medical experts advised that it would be best for them to stagger the first dose to avoid both of them experiencing vaccine side effects at the same time.

    Recently, one of Biden's advisers, Cedric Richmond, tested positive for the new crown. But a spokeswoman for Biden said Biden tested negative for the new crown virus on Dec. 17.

    It was also reported that several senior officials, including Vice President Pence and House Speaker Pelosi, had been vaccinated on Dec. 18.

    Biden previously announced his top three 100-day plans to fight the epidemic since taking office. He plans to ask the American people to wear masks, get at least 100 million doses of vaccines and get students back to school as soon as possible within 100 days of his inauguration as president on Jan. 20, 2021.

    The U.S. began vaccination for the new crown on Dec. 14, with the first group of people vaccinated being health care workers and those living in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, but it will be months before the vaccination is available to a wide range of people.

    U.S. President Donald Trump previously said he had no plans to get vaccinated for now. But White House spokesman McNerney said Trump is "absolutely open" to getting the vaccine and will do so once the president's medical team determines it is the best option.