A transitional official told CNN that Harris would administer the vaccine directly on camera from Washington, DC. The official said Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, would also receive the vaccine on Tuesday.
According to Jen Psaki, spokesperson for the transition, Biden and Harris eased their vaccinations on the recommendation of medical experts. The reason for such a recommendation may be that if Biden and Harris had noticed any side effects, such as headaches or fever, they would not have experienced the same day.
The US Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency use permission for two coronavirus vaccines: one from Pfizer / BioNTech and one from Moderna. Both Moderna and the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine have shown similar efficacy levels of almost 95%, and both vaccines require two doses that are administered several weeks apart.
Vice President Mike Pence was given the vaccine during a camera event the week before Biden. The first doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine were given to healthcare workers the same week that Pence got his chance.
Trump has not yet received the vaccine and will only administer it until it is recommended by the White House medical team, a White House official told CNN earlier. The official said at the time that Trump was still receiving the benefits of the monoclonal antibody cocktail he received after testing positive for Covid-19 this fall, but that the president would likely get his chance as soon as it was recommended by his medical team. .
However, there are no safety or efficacy data for the vaccines in humans treated with Covid-19 with monoclonal antibodies or recovery plasma; Trump’s treatment for Covid-19 included the monoclonal antibody cocktail made by Regeneron. The CDC’s management said that “vaccination should be delayed for at least 90 days as a precaution until additional information is available, to avoid interference with the antibody treatment with immune responses by vaccine.”