White House is ‘grateful’ Trump got, promoted COVID-19 booster shot

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Washington: The White House is grateful that former US President Donald Trump received and promoted getting the COVID-19 vaccine booster shot, press secretary Jen Psaki said on Thursday.

The Republican former president, who was impeached twice in the House, recently said in an interview that he received a booster shot, and called the COVID-19 vaccines “one of the greatest achievements of mankind”.

“The ones that get very sick and go to the hospital are the ones that don’t take the vaccine,” Trump said in an interview with conservative commentator Candace Owens. “If you take the vaccine, you’re protected.”

Donald Trump.Credit:AP

“We’re grateful that the former president got the booster, and we’re also grateful that he made clear in a recent interview that they work and they’re safe,” Psaki told reporters in a briefing on Thursday.

Just 62 per cent of Americans are fully vaccinated, one of the lowest rates among rich nations, thanks in part to a Republican-led pushback against Democratic President Joe Biden’s year-long vaccination campaign.

Trump revealed on Sunday during an interview with former Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly that he received a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, triggering jeers and hectoring from the live audience.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki: grateful Trump has embraced booster shots.Credit:AP

Public support of boosters represents a change in tone for Trump, who said in September that he likely would not get one.

More than 800,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, the most of any nation. The vast majority of deaths this year have been among the un-vaccinated.

Trump was impeached twice by the US House: first in 2019, for his dealings with Ukraine, and the second time in January 2021, for “incitement of insurrection” following the January 6 Capitol riot. In both cases, Republicans in the Senate for Trump’s acquittal, preventing his conviction for the charges.


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