Vice-President Mike Pence became the highest ranking US official to receive the Covid-19 vaccine yesterday in a live TV event aimed at reassuring Americans the shot is safe.
He celebrated the milestone as "a medical miracle" that could eventually contain the raging pandemic.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also rec- eived Covid jabs yesterday.
President-elect Joe Biden and his wife will be getting the vaccine on Monday, while vice-president-elect Kamala Harris and her husband will receive it the week after next.
Five days into the largest vaccination campaign in US history, President Donald Trump, who has not been inoculated, has been largely absent from the effort to sell what aides hope will be a key part of his legacy.
They see it as a missed opportunity for the president, who leaves office at noon on January 20, to claim credit for helping oversee the speedy development and deployment of the vaccine, which is ex- pected to finally contain the virus that has killed more than 310,000 Americans.