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Pence urges young conservatives ‘to go get’ COVID vaccine shot

Former Vice President Mike Pence, who was very a lot the general public face of the Trump administration‘s efforts to assist drug makers shortly produce an efficient coronavirus vaccine via Operation Warp Speed, is urging young conservatives to get vaccinated.

“Now let me say this about the vaccine: I got the shot. My family got the shot. And I want to encourage anyone here who hasn’t gotten the shot who’s eligible to go get it. And if you’re not sure about it, go ask your doctor and get the very best advice you can,” Pence mentioned Wednesday as he spoke at Young America Foundation’s National Conservative Student Conference in Houston.

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Pence made his feedback amid a brand new surge in COVID-19 instances in lots of components of the nation because of the unfold of the extremely contagious delta variant, a year and a half after the worldwide pandemic first swept throughout the nation. Studies point out that the delta variant’s an infection rate amongst those that are vaccinated is considerably decrease than in individuals who have resisted taking the vaccine.

“As we do our part, each and every one of us, to put this pandemic in the past, we need to also stand firm on the principle that we can defeat this virus without lockdowns and mandates,” Pence emphasised in his speech. 

“We can protect the vulnerable and get our kids back to school. And we can keep America open without forfeiting our freedoms,” he mentioned to applause.

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And Pence, a possible 2024 GOP presidential contender, highlighted that “Operation Warp Speed was an American medical miracle.”

The then-vice president was one of many first main administration officers to publicly get vaccinated in December 2020. Pence was joined by his spouse and then-Surgeon General Jerome Adams in taking their photographs in an occasion that was seen reside on nationwide tv. They have been joined within the ensuing weeks by then-President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, who additionally acquired their photographs in entrance of reside tv cameras. 

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While then-President Trump endorsed the vaccine and repeatedly touted his administration’s efforts to shortly produce them, he acquired his COVID photographs privately in January, and his aides didn’t verify that Trump bought vaccinated till March.

Some high Republicans – equivalent to Senate GOP chief Sen. Mitch McConnell – have joined Pence in strongly urging Americans to take the photographs, however others within the Republican Party stay skeptics of the vaccine and have been extremely crucial of the Biden administration’s efforts to influence these against getting vaccinated to take the photographs. 

The president and his administration have repeatedly emphasised in current months that getting the vaccine is the quickest and simplest means of stemming the pandemic.


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