Washington – Dr. Anthony Fauci and other top government health officials will receive their first dose of the Modern Kovid-19 vaccine on Tuesday.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will receive a 10 a.m. ET at the National Institute of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
Others who are also being vaccinated include Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, NIH Director Francis Collins, NIH Office of Research Services Director Colin A. McGowan and six health care workers from the diagnostic center are involved.
They will receive the modern vaccine from the first batch of 100 doses from the agency. It was co-developed by the Fauci-led institute and Modern, a biotechnology company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authority for the modern vaccine last weekend and distribution of the first dose began Monday.
The first vaccine to be authorized and distributed was the Pfizer vaccine starting last week.
The 79-year-old Fauci said in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday morning that it would be “an important moment” before he was vaccinated when he and others would get the shot.
“I am doing this because I want people to symbolize the importance that everyone gets vaccinated, who can get vaccinated, but it is also a good feeling, because it has originated in the laboratories at my institution,” Fauci said.