Former President Donald J. Trump in a national television interview recommended the Covid-19 vaccine to Americans who were reluctant to get it, including his supporters.
Mr. Trump and his wife, Melania, were secretly vaccinated in January. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.
In an interview with Maria Bartiromo on ‘Fox News Primetime’ on Tuesday night, Mr. Trump said, “I would recommend it, and I would recommend it to a lot of people who do not want to get it, and a lot of people voted honestly for me. ”
He added: “It’s a safe vaccine, and it’s something that works.”
Although there is some opposition to coronavirus vaccination among a number of groups, including African Americans and antivaccine activists, polls suggest that opinions in biased lines are breaking significantly.
A third of Republicans voted in a CBS News Survey that they would not be vaccinated – compared to 10 percent of Democrats – and another 20 percent of Republicans said they were not sure. Other polls found similar trends.
Mr. Trump urged participants in the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, late last month to be vaccinated.
Nevertheless, Mr. Trump – whose term in office during the pandemic was often marked by a record against the recommendations of medical experts – said on Tuesday: “we have our freedoms and we must live by them, and I agree with that.”
As President Biden’s government prepares television and Internet advertisements and other efforts to promote vaccination, the challenge for the White House is compounded by the perception of Trump’s stance on the vaccine.
Asked about the issue Monday in the White House, Mr. Biden said Trump’s help in promoting vaccination is less important than getting trusted community figures on board.
“I discussed it with my team, and they say the thing that has more impact than anything Trump would say to the MAGA people is what the local doctor does, what the local preachers say, what the locals in the community say. “Mr. Biden said. said, referring to Mr. Trump’s supporters and slogan for the “Make America Great Again” campaign. Until everyone is vaccinated, Mr. Bids added, Americans must continue to wear masks.
The widespread opposition to vaccination, if not overcome, could prevent the United States from reaching the point where the virus could no longer spread easily, leading to efforts to make the economy grow louder and people back to normal. life can cause return. While the problem so far has access to relatively limited supplies of the vaccine, administrative officials expect that they will soon exceed the possibility of supply if demand is much greater as many Americans remain reluctant.
“The national atmosphere surrounding vaccine uptake is important,” said John Bridgeland, founder and CEO of Covid Collaborative, a two-party group working closely with the White House on vaccination issues. ‘While the ground game is the most important thing, there’s a tailwind behind us at the national level with every living president and first lady, regardless of party, saying that Americans need to get this safe and effective vaccine creates the kind of tailwinds we seek. ”
Annie Karni contribution made.