“People like Anthony Fauci, whom I know and have worked with, I totally trust,” Obama said. “So if Anthony Fauci tells me this vaccine is safe and he can vaccinate, he knows he’s going to immunize you from getting Covid, I’m definitely going to take it.”
“I promise you that when it’s made for less vulnerable people, I will, too,” he said.
In the interview, Obama seemed to acknowledge the very real problem of vaccine hesitation, which could cause some health experts to worry that minorities — even more adversely affected by the coronavirus epidemic — could avoid being shot.
“I understand you know historically – all the way to the Tuskegee experiments and so on – why the African American community is skeptical. But the thing is, we don’t do it because of the vaccines,” we don’t have polio anymore, that’s why we don’t have a lot of children, who is dying of measles, smallpox, and diseases that have previously decimated entire populations and communities, ”he said.
The former president said he had no problem setting an example of getting the shot once it was available.
“I may buy or film on TV just so people know I trust this science and what I don’t trust is getting Covid,” he said.
Previous studies have shown that minority communities have higher mortality rates than Covid-19, are more exposed due to pre-existing conditions, and are partly the most vulnerable.
Obama also said that in addition to promising vaccinations, another reason for hope is the incoming administration with President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris.
“As for Covid, obviously at the end of the day, one of the great things is that on January 20, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be in charge again, and then scientists and medical experts will be held accountable,” Obama added.