Former US presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama are volunteering to get publicly their COVID-19 vaccines, CNN reported.
Former US presidents hope an awareness campaign to promote confidence in its safety and effectiveness would be a powerful message to the public, the channel noted.
Earlier, 59-year-old Barack Obama expressed his wish to film the vaccine introduction process. He explained that thus hopes to show his level of confidence in American scientists. Obama explained if the director of the US National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, says the vaccine is safe, he is ready to take it, CNN informed.
Meanwhile, George W. Bush had reached out to Fauci and the White House coronavirus response coordinator, Deborah Birx, to see how he could help to promote the vaccine.
"A few weeks ago President Bush asked me to let Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx know that, when the time is right, he wants to do what he can to help encourage his fellow citizens to get vaccinated,” Freddy Ford, Bush's chief of staff, told CNN. "First, the vaccines need to be deemed safe and administered to the priority populations. Then, President Bush will get in line for his, and will gladly do so on camera."
74-year-old Bill Clinton expressed similar wishes. "President Clinton will definitely take a vaccine as soon as available to him, based on the priorities determined by public health officials. And he will do it in a public setting if it will help urge all Americans to do the same," said the spokesman of the former president Angel Urena.