Biden Receives COVID-19 Vaccine

Headline Roundup December 21st, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden received the COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine in a televised appearance Monday afternoon. Biden received the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech two-shot vaccine at a Delaware hospital, where he was joined by incoming First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, who received a vaccine dose earlier in the day. The Bidens' inoculation comes after Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines began distribution last week. Biden, who said he was getting vaccinated to "demonstrate... there's nothing to worry about" regarding the vaccine, also gave President Donald Trump’s administration some credit for "getting this off the ground with Operation Warp Speed.” Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is reportedly expected to receive vaccination next week as part of preparation for the upcoming administration.

The story received wide coverage from outlets across the political spectrum. Some right-rated outlets highlighted Biden's remarks crediting Operation Warp Speed, while some coverage from the left highlighted other leaders who were vaccinated, such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

From the Right

President-elect Joe Biden received his first coronavirus vaccine dose on Monday in Newark, Delaware, after which he praised the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed.

“The scientists and the people who put this together, the front line workers, the people who were the ones who actually did the clinical work, it’s just amazing,” Biden told the gathered reporters after taking the shot. “I think the administration deserves some credit getting this off the ground with Operation Warp Speed. I also think that it’s worth saying that this gives great hope. I’m...

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From the Left

President-elect Joe Biden and incoming first lady Jill Biden received initial injections of the coronavirus vaccine on Monday in a show of support for the inoculation.

“I’m doing this to demonstrate that people should be prepared when it’s available to take the vaccine,” Biden said. “There’s nothing to worry about. I’m looking forward to the second shot.”

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From the Center

President-elect Joe Biden received the Covid-19 vaccine Monday in a televised appearance from a Delaware hospital in which he encouraged the public to get vaccinated. “There’s nothing to worry about,” he said.

After pushing up the long-sleeve shirt on his left arm, Mr. Biden received the first of two doses after top public health officials recommended that he be fully vaccinated before his Jan. 20 inauguration. He was joined by his wife, Jill Biden, who received the first course of the vaccine earlier in the day, his transition team said.

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