WORLD Trump shouldn't need 'invitation' to promote vaccines: W.House

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Trump shouldn't need 'invitation' to promote vaccines: W.House

AFP

07:53, March 16, 2021

The White House on Monday suggested former president Donald Trump shouldn't be waiting for an "engraved invitation" to join the public campaign encouraging Americans to take Covid-19 vaccines.

The White House in Washington DC. [Photo/Agencies]

President Joe Biden's press secretary, Jen Psaki, noted that all other living former presidents, including Democrat Barack Obama and Republican George W. Bush, have delivered public service announcements.

Trump, by contrast, has kept largely quiet since leaving the White House and moving to his luxury resort in Florida.

"Every other living president... has participated in public campaigns. They did not need an engraved invitation to do so. So he may decide he should do that. If so, great," Psaki said.

"If former president Trump woke tomorrow and wanted to be more vocal about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, certainly we support that."

The United States is on track to produce far more vaccine than it is likely to need for the entire population. And with logistical problems gradually being ironed out, experts expect the biggest hold up to mass vaccination will be skepticism among parts of the population.

Polls show that Republican men, who are overwhelmingly supporters of Trump, lead that resistance to getting vaccinated.

Trump and his wife Melania got their own vaccines before leaving the White House in January, an advisor said. Unlike Biden and other current officials who got their shots live on television, Trump kept his own vaccination private.

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