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The director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, US Secretary of Health Alex Azar and other senior health officials are expected to receive the Covid-19 vaccine from Moderna on Tuesday morning.
The director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins, is also said to be shot. According to the NIH, six health care workers at the NIH Clinical Center will also receive the Moderna vaccine, which the Food and Drug Administration approved for emergency use last week.
It is the agency’s first delivery of 100 doses, NIH said, and additional NIH Clinical Center health care workers will receive the vaccine after the public event. The agency expects to get a larger shipment from the state of Maryland next week for more frontline healthcare workers.
The event comes after a series of public vaccination ceremonies were held as the first doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were distributed across the country. Senior US officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, US Surgeon General Jerome Adams, and President-elect Joe Biden, have received their vaccines at television events.
Fauci has long said that he will take the vaccine publicly as soon as it becomes available to encourage Americans to get the vaccine.
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