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VP- Elect Kamala Harris takes the first dose of Moderna's Coronavirus vaccine


Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris received the first dose of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine in Washington, D.C, Tuesday morning.

Why it matters:

The televised inoculation of VP- Elect Harris follows other elected officials to convince the general public that the FDA approved coronavirus vaccines are reliable and effective.

  • According to staff, Harris's husband, Doug Emhoff, also received the vaccine.

  • A survey by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that a quarter of American adults are unsure if they want to get vaccinated. Another quarter says they won't.

  • African-Americans, who represent about 13% of the U.S population, have been disproportionately affected by the virus accounting for 22% of COVID-19 deaths. Plus, according to a Pew Research poll, Black Americans continue to stand out as less likely to vaccinate than other racial and ethnic groups.

What she said:

  • "I want to encourage everyone to get the vaccine. It is relatively painless, it happens really quickly."

  • "So, I urge everyone. When it is your turn, get vaccinated. It’s about saving your life, the life of your family members, and the life of your community.”

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