President-elect Joe Biden has received his second COVID-19 shot.
Receiving the vaccine on Monday, January 11, 2021, the President-elect said getting vaccines into people’s arms would be a “number one priority” for his incoming administration.
Channels TV reports that this comes as vaccine rollout has faltered badly in the world’s hardest-hit country, where some 375,000 people have died from the Coronavirus and about 3,000 more are dying every day.
According to official data, some 25.5 million first doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been shipped out to hospitals, clinics and nursing homes across the country, but only around 9 million have been injected.
The 78-year-old President-elect arrived at the Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware in the early afternoon, removed his blazer, and thanked the nurse who injected his left arm with the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
He emphasized the need to continue social distancing and mask wearing; adding that he was “appalled” that Republican Lawmakers refused to wear masks when they were forced into a security lockdown during last week’s Capitol attack by supporters of President Donald Trump.
Mr Biden has also pledged to push for more direct stimulus checks to taxpayers; saying he was speaking with Republican Lawmakers about moving on a second package “sooner rather than later.”