Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases made headlines when he received his first dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine and said in his statement that he hoped it would encourage millions of other Americans to do the same.
The United State’s top infectious disease expert, sat with his sleeve rolled up, received the vaccination in front of the cameras and said he was taking the shot "as a symbol to the rest of the country that I feel extreme confidence in the safety and the efficacy of this vaccine.
Fauci, along with other senior officials and six health workers, received his Vaccine on Tuesday at a live-streamed event at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
NIH director Francis Collins, as well as health secretary Alex Azar, also received their vaccinations at the ceremony. "I want the American people to know that I have absolute and complete confidence in the integrity and the independence of the processes used by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to approve these vaccines," said Azar, who is a political appointee of the Trump administration.
The US has intentions of immunizing around 20 million people this month, with long term care residents and health care + frontline workers as a priority.
While there is a lot of speculation among the Americans about the reliability of the vaccine, and the ambiguity around its possible side effects, Dr Fauci taking the shot publicly surely brings some hope and relief amongst the people. Throughout these months of the pandemic, Americans have trusted Fauci’s updates on the virus and have taken all his warnings and statements seriously, knowing him as someone being an expert in the field for decades.