If you said the ICU, that's a buzzer you're hearing. Unlike Biden and other current officials who got their shots live on television, Trump in a highly unusual move kept his own vaccination private. In his first prime-time address as president, Joe Biden on Thursday outlined an aggressive timeline for the vaccine, saying the USA will have enough doses for every adult by the end of May.
Participants were adamant: They all believed the coronavirus threat was real, with many having contracted it themselves or aware of critically ill friends and family, and they didn't want to be condemned as "anti-vaxxers" who opposed all vaccines. In fact, they have plateaued. He and his wife, Melania, were reportedly vaccinated privately at the White House in January - something he has not directly addressed publicly.
A woman identified as Sue from Iowa said she feared political "manipulation" of the vaccines, even though she had been a pharmacist for Merck, one of the drug companies helping to produce a vaccine.
"Does this study suggest to you that 3 feet is good enough?" They did not need an engraved invitation to do so.
The focus group's concerns echoed pollsters' findings about Trump voters' significant vaccine hesitancy.
An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Maris poll released Thursday showed that 47% of people who supported Mr. Trump in 2020 wouldn't opt for the vaccine if it was made available to them, compared with just 30% of adults overall. "We need everyone to get vaccinated", Biden said.
More than 101 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in the U.S. so far, and in a national address last week, President Joe Biden pledged that all American adults would be eligible to receive the vaccine by May 1.
But the lawmakers' pitches largely fell flat, and in some cases, the politically tinged rhetoric seemed to inspire more doubts. A spokesperson for Mr. Trump didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
"It was political stunts like that that leave doubt in our minds", said a man identified as David from Texas.
"It seems like an intrinsic contradiction, the fact that you had a program that was started during his presidency and he's not out telling people to get vaccinated. This is a vaccine that is going to be lifesaving for millions of people", he said on NBC's "Meet the Press". So, everybody, go get your shot.
"His first points were, it's been 20 years of research [to develop the vaccine]". "We should just be concerned about getting as many people vaccinated as quickly as we possibly can".
Earlier, the White House laid out how it was reaching conservatives with vaccine messaging, even as officials acknowledged a Democratic president did not carry the same weight among that population as other public figures.
Despite a steep decline in COVID-19 cases thanks to vaccine efficacy, Fauci said on "Fox News Sunday" there is "absolutely no time to declare victory".
"It will make all the difference in the world, "Dr Anthony Fauci told Fox News Sunday".
In a round of interviews on the morning news shows, the government's top infectious disease expert lamented polling showing that Trump supporters are more likely to refuse to get vaccinated, saying politics needs to be separated from "commonsense, no-brainer" public health measures.