Former President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump quietly received the Covid-19 vaccine at the White House in January, a Trump adviser told NBC News Monday.
It is not known what type of vaccine they received and they were not disclosed at the time by Trump’s White House.
This news was first reported by The New York Times.
Trump, who has spent months publicly downplaying the impact of the virus and avoiding wearing a mask, announced in October that he had tested positive for Covid-19. The first lady also tested positive, but they both recovered later.
During his treatment, Trump was given an experimental antibody cocktail. The CDC recommends that patients wait at least 90 days after receiving treatment before being vaccinated.
The former president, whose administration has been criticized for his vaccine rollout plan, bragged during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Sunday about how he pushed officials to develop the vaccine as part of Operation Warp Speed. He also urged participants to get the vaccine although he did not disclose that he had received the vaccine.
“We took a risk because if we didn’t do this you still wouldn’t get the vaccines. You wouldn’t have them for a long time, ”he said. He later added, “Then everyone is going to get vaccinated.”
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden publicly received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine in a bid to build confidence in its safety and effectiveness. Three of Trump’s predecessors, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack…
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