Biden and Obama urge Americans to get vaccinated in star-studded television special
April 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama joined a slate of celebrities Sunday evening in urging Americans to get vaccinated during an hour-long NBC special aimed at boosting confidence in the shots and raising awareness about eligibility.
Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama joined a slate of celebrities Sunday evening in urging Americans to get vaccinated during an hour-long NBC special aimed at boosting confidence in the shots and raising awareness about eligibility.
The event, titled "Roll Up Your Sleeves" and hosted by singer Ciara and her NFL quarterback husband, Russell Wilson, saw Biden pitch vaccinations as "the most important thing you can do to protect yourself from Covid-19, including the new variants we're seeing. "
"If you've been fully vaccinated, thank you," the President said.
"If you're planning to get vaccinated, make sure you follow through.
The television special comes the night before all Americans 16 years and older will be eligible for a coronavirus vaccine.
An administration official told CNN the White House is launching a media blitz Monday to raise awareness about Americans' vaccine eligibility.
Though roughly 25. 4% of the population has been fully vaccinated, according to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, experts estimate somewhere between 70-85% of the country needs to be immune to the virus -- either through inoculation or previous infection -- to suppress its spread.
And the sooner we get more people vaccinated, the better off we're going to be. "
Every Black person, please go out and get vaccinated. "
In another part of the special, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, spoke with actor Matthew McConaughey about the stringent safety protocols that were followed as the vaccines were developed.
It was merely a reflection of the extraordinary science," Fauci said of the speed with which the vaccines were developed.