Former U.S. Presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton willing to take coronavirus vaccine on camera

By Steve Holland and Daniel Trotta



Barack Obama looking at the camera: Former President Barack Obama addresses voters one day before the election, in Atlanta, Georgia


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Former President Barack Obama addresses voters one day before the election, in Atlanta, Georgia

(Reuters) – Former U.S. Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton said they were willing to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus on television in order to ease any public skepticism over the safety of new vaccines.

“I may end up taking it on TV or having it filmed, just so that people know that I trust this science,” Obama, a Democrat who left the White House in 2017, said in an interview with Sirius XM radio that aired on Wednesday.

Bush, a Republican and Obama’s predecessor, is willing to get a vaccine on camera once the U.S. Food and Drug Administration grants emergency approval, according to Freddy Ford, Bush’s chief of staff.

Clinton, a Democrat, will “definitely take a vaccine as soon as available

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Mr. Obama said in an interview excerpt on Sirius XM released Wednesday that if the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told him the vaccine was safe, he would believe him and signaled that he’d take it himself. 

“So, if Anthony Fauci tells me this vaccine is safe, and can vaccinate, immunize you from getting COVID,” he said. “Absolutely, I’m going to take it.” 

“I promise you that when it’s been made for people who are less at risk, I will be taking it,” he said. “I may end up taking it on TV or having it filmed, just so that people know that I trust this science, and what I don’t trust is getting COVID.” 

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Mr. Obama said in an interview excerpt on Sirius XM released Wednesday that if the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told him the vaccine was safe, he would believe him and signaled that he’d take it himself. 

“So, if Anthony Fauci tells me this vaccine is safe, and can vaccinate, immunize you from getting COVID,” he said. “Absolutely, I’m going to take it.” 

“I promise you that when it’s been made for people who are less at risk, I will be taking it,” he said. “I may end up taking it on TV or having it filmed, just so that people know that I trust this science, and what I

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  • Former US presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton said they are willing to film their COVID-19 vaccinations to build public confidence in the shot’s safety and effectiveness.
  • Obama said in an interview scheduled Thursday: “I may end up taking it on TV or having it filmed, just so that people know that I trust this science, and what I don’t trust is getting COVID.”
  • Clinton’s press secretary told CNN he will take it publicly “if it will help urge all Americans to do the same.”
  • Bush has contacted Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, two of the US’ leading physicians, to see how he can encourage American to get vaccinated, his chief of staff said.
  • Their comments come after polls suggest many Americans are wary about getting the COVID-19 vaccine. 
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Beucke was most recently the vice president of corporate homebuilding operations for Landsea Homes. Prior to that, Beucke was division president in Landsea Homes’ northern California and Arizona markets. He also spent a decade in the solar and renewable energy space including time with SunPower Corporation and served as the chief operating officer at Phoenix Solar Inc. He also previously served as senior vice president, Bay Area division at Lennar, regional architectural manager for KB Home and is a licensed broker, contractor and architect.

“During his tenure with Landsea Homes, Pete has continuously shown strong leadership and made significant contributions to

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