Trump rejects plan for early vaccination at White House


"I have asked that this adjustment be made", he wrote in a Sunday night tweet.

However, it is not yet known how many doses are being allocated to the White House or how many are needed.

The president's tweet followed a report in the New York Times that leading government officials would be among the first to get doses of the newly released vaccines, which are being counted on to slow the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier, two people familiar with the matter confirmed that the newly approved vaccine from Pfizer would be made available to those who work in close quarters with the nation's top elected officials.

US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House, Dec. 7, 2020, in Washington.

The goal of distributing the vaccine in the West Wing was to prevent additional government officials from falling ill in the final weeks of the Trump administration.

President-elect Joe Biden will follow the guidance of Anthony Fauci, the US government's top infectious disease expert, about when to take a coronavirus vaccine and will have it administered in public, a transition official said.

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It was not immediately clear how many officials would be offered the vaccine initially and whether Trump or Pence would get it. "The American people should have confidence that they are receiving the same safe and effective vaccine as senior officials of the United States government".

The Trump team's messaging on the pandemic, seeking to downplay its severity and often eschewing masks at White House and campaign events, struck many as hypocritical when hearing about the White House staffers' priority access to the vaccine. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have yet to be informed how many doses they will receive and have yet to develop a vaccination plan, one official said.

The news comes as the first shipments of the vaccine, set to arrive at 145 sites across the country on Monday, are expected to go to front-line medical workers and nursing home residents.

However, a White House spokesman did not respond to request to comment on the issue.

Tim Hogan, a Democratic consultant and a former top aide to Sen.

The government vaccination program is being conducted under the authority of a classified "National Continuity Policy" signed by President Barack Obama called Presidential Policy Directive-40, the most recent government-wide planning document for a range of worst-case scenarios. Officials said that vaccinating critical staff would reduce the risk of staffing shortages in key roles due to illness or quarantine and ensure essential government services could continue.

Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, March Short, also contracted the virus a few weeks later along with other Pence staff members and advisers.

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