Pelosi, McConnell Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Pelosi, McConnell Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) receives a COVID-19 vaccination shot by Dr. Brian Monahan, attending physician of the Congress of the United States, in her office on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 18, 2020. (Ken Cedeno-Pool/Getty Images)
Mimi Nguyen Ly

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) received the new COVID-19 vaccine on Friday.

Both congressional leaders shared photos of themselves on Twitter having received the vaccine from the Capitol physician, Dr. Brian Monahan.

“Today, with confidence in science & at the direction of the Office of the Attending Physician, I received the COVID-19 vaccine. As the vaccine is being distributed, we must all continue mask wearing, social distancing & other science-based steps to save lives & crush the virus,” Pelosi announced on Twitter.

McConnell called the vaccine “safe, effective” and said that vaccines are “how we beat this virus.”

“Now back to continue fighting for a rescue package including a lot more money for distribution so more Americans can receive it as fast as possible,” he wrote on Twitter.

Earlier on Friday morning, Vice President Mike Pence received the new vaccine at a live television event, calling it “a medical miracle." Second Lady Karen Pence and Surgeon General Jerome Adams also received the shot.

“Karen and I wanted to take the vaccine to assure the American people that while we cut red tape, we cut no corners,” Pence said.

The vaccine is produced by U.S.-based Pfizer and Germany-based BioNTech. Injections began on Dec. 14.

Democrat Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, are set to receive the vaccine on Monday, according to Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki. She said Biden will be receiving the vaccine in public at the Delaware medical facility.

Vice-presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and her husband, Doug Emhoff, are set to be vaccinated the week after next.

President Donald Trump last week hailed the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as a “medical miracle” following its emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in efforts to end the pandemic caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.
There have been a few reports of adverse reactions to the Pfizer vaccine. Two health care workers in Alaska suffered reactions, one of which was serious, from the vaccine. In clinical trials of the vaccine candidate, four participants suffered Bell’s palsy, which is the temporary paralysis of one side of the face, caused by a neurological reaction.

The FDA advised that Americans with allergies should be safe to receive the vaccine, but people who have previously had severe allergic reactions to a dose of the vaccine, or any ingredients in this vaccine, should avoid getting the shot.

On Friday, Trump issued a congratulatory announcement after the FDA granted emergency use authorization to another vaccine, which is developed by Moderna Inc. and the National Institutes of Health. “Congratulations, the Moderna vaccine is now available!” he wrote.

Trump was hospitalized with COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP virus, in October.

Mimi Nguyen Ly covers U.S. and world news.
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