A White House official said Monday that President Donald Trump was willing to take the COVID-19 vaccine on TV – but he may not be the best candidate because he already beat the disease.
‘He’s expressed his willingness,’ an official told reporters during an on-background call. ‘I think there is an open question as to whether, ultimately, he will be one of the ones taking it on-air. And that’s simply a function of whether that would actually serve the desired purpose given the fact he’s a recovered patient.’
The president and first lady tested positive for COVID-19 in early October and Trump was briefly hospitalized at Walter Reed, before returning to the White House and, eventually, the campaign trail.
Three former ex-presidents – Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama – said they would take the vaccine and have it filmed, in order to build up public confidence.