US President Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama and numerous prominent figures on Sunday evening (local time) on TV channel NBC called on Americans to be vaccinated.
The hour-long broadcast was aimed at increasing confidence in the vaccines and awareness about the importance of vaccinations.
At the event called “Roll up your sleeves,” Biden emphasized that vaccination is “the most important thing you can do to protect yourself from Covid-19, including the new varieties we are seeing”. The president thanked the people who had already taken this step. “If you’re planning to get vaccinated, make sure you do this. Please,” he said.
Obama appeared alongside former NBA stars Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal on the special, saying, “I want to make sure our communities, especially African Americans, Latinos and young people, understand that this will save lives and people allows their lives to return to normal. And the sooner we get more people vaccinated, the better off we will be. “
Barkley shared how excited he was to get his second dose of vaccine, saying that it is “important for us to keep talking about the vaccine. Any black person, please go out and get vaccinated.”
Anthony Fauci, the country’s foremost infectious disease expert, talked about the strict safety protocols followed when the vaccines were developed. “We didn’t go straight ahead. We didn’t sacrifice safety.
It was just a reflection of the extraordinary science,” he said of the speed at which the vaccines were being developed. He called for unity and set aside political disagreements to fight together against the common enemy, the virus.