Joe Biden was responding to a question if Covid-19 vaccine be made mandatory.(AFP Photo)
Joe Biden was responding to a question if Covid-19 vaccine be made mandatory.(AFP Photo)

Covid-19 vaccine will not be mandatory: Joe Biden

On Friday the US recorded 2,861 new deaths. It has seen more than 14 million confirmed cases in total and more than 275,000 deaths.
By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Washington
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2020 06:07 AM IST

US President-elect Joe Biden said on Friday that Americans will not be forced to take the coronavirus vaccine and he is willing to get vaccinated publicly to assuage any concerns about its efficacy and safety.

“I don’t think they should be mandatory. I wouldn’t demand it to be mandatory, but I would do everything in my power just like I don’t think masks have to be made mandatory nationwide,” Biden told reporters at a news conference in Wilmington, Delaware.

Biden was responding to a question if Covid-19 vaccine be made mandatory.

Biden, who is due to take office on January 20, said he will make sure that the vaccine is both free and available and that any follow up on the vaccine is free and available that relates to any health complications from it.

“I will do everything in my power as the president of the United States to encourage people to do the right thing, and when they do it, demonstrate that it matters. That’s why I said in my inaugural speech I’m going to ask people to commit for 100 days to wear a mask, not because I’m asking it for any reason to punish-this is not a political issue,” he said.

“It has become one. But if people do it for 100 days in the middle of what will be still a raging crisis and the vaccine is able to be distributed, they are going to see deaths drop off the edge,” he said.

“They are going to see hundreds of thousands of people not getting sick; and my hope is they will be then inclined to say okay, it’s worth the patriotic duty to go ahead and protect other people,” Biden said.

On Friday the US recorded 2,861 new deaths. It has seen more than 14 million confirmed cases in total and more than 275,000 deaths.

Biden said he is willing to get inoculated in public to assuage any concerns about its efficacy and safety.

“I think that my taking the vaccine and people seeing me take that vaccine is going to give some confidence,” Biden said, responding to a question adding that what bothers him the most is the wild assertions the Trump administration is making about how this is going to go away.

“It was diminishing confidence across the board and the American people overall, but particularly in this administration with the African American and Latino community, what I heard from my friends in the community who are not but blocks from here as we stand, is that, “We’re not going to be the guinea pigs. We’re not going to be the guinea pigs.” Well, the fact of the matter is that they won’t be,” he said.

“You’re going to see tens of millions of Americans taking the vaccine and you’re going to see the president of the United States and three of the four living former presidents doing it publicly as well. It’s going to take some effort to rebuild confidence in science because it’s been so diminished in this administration thus far,” Biden said.

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