United States President-elect, Mr Joe Biden, is expected to receive his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, January 11, 2021.
His Office made the announcement three weeks after his first injection was broadcast live to boost public confidence in the jab.
When he got his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at the Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware on December 21, 2020, the 78 years old President-elect told Americans that “there’s nothing to worry about.”
His team said his second jab would also be done in front of the media, without giving further details.
More than 374,000 people have died from the coronavirus disease in America, and on Friday, January 8, 2021, Mr Biden slammed President Donald Trump’s administration’s troubled distribution of vaccines as a “travesty.”
Channels TV reports that about 6.7 million Americans have so far received their first shot, far short of the target of 20 million by the end of 2020; but 22.1 million doses have been distributed nationwide, underlining the logistical challenge of getting the injections administered to the elderly and health workers who are the priority.
Both vaccines currently authorized in the US, developed by Pfizer and Moderna, require recipients to receive booster shots after three and four weeks, respectively.
Mr Biden, who will be inaugurated on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, plans to release every available dose of vaccine, rather than holding back half to make sure people receive their booster shots on time as is the current protocol.