Pence is the highest-ranking U.S. official to receive a dose of Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine, which was found to 95 percent effective in trials.
“I didn’t feel a thing. Well done,” Pence told the medical staff at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
While journalists, so-called experts, and verified Twitter users cast doubt on President Donald Trump and Operation Warp Speed’s efforts to ensure the creation, production, and distribution of a safe and effective vaccine, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted last week to approve Pfizer’s vaccine for emergency use and mass distribution.
In his address on Friday morning, Pence reassured the public that the vaccine is safe and effective.
“Hope is on the way,” Pence said. “The American people can be confident.”
“We have one, and perhaps within hours, two safe vaccines,” he added, noting the pending FDA approval of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine.
Shortly after technicians vaccinated Pence, his wife Karen, and U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams also publicly received a dose of the vaccine in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on camera.
“Karen and I were more than happy to step forward before this week was out to take this safe and effective coronavirus vaccine,” Pence said. “It’s a truly inspiring day.”