Biden receives Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine

President-elect Joe Biden said he hopes to reassure Americans that the vaccine is safe. Moderna began to roll out its approved vaccine, which requires less freezing and can reach rural areas.
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And that goo news that the vaccines would appear would still work and now the second vaccine is being rolled out here in the U.S., the first moderna doses now reaching Americans President-Elect Joe Biden rolling up his sleeve today. And what he said today about vaccines, as public health officials urge Americans not to travel for Christmas, though millions have already taken flights. Here's Eva pilgrim tonight. Reporter: Tonight, President-Elect Joe Biden rolling up his sleeve, getting pfizer's covid-19 vaccine. I'm doing this to demonstrate that people should be prepared when it's available to take the vaccine. There's nothing to worry about. Reporter: Biden hoping to reassure Americans the vaccine is safe, as moderna's vaccine is now added to the country's arsenal. We're now on offense against the virus. The vaccines we are distributing are going to save lives. Reporter: And tonight, the CDC recommending who should get the vaccine after front line health care workers and those in nursing homes. Next will be people over 75 and front line essential workers including police, firefighters, teachers, grocery store and postal workers. Next in line, people 16 to 64 with high riskedical conditions and essential workers in industries like food service, construction and public safety. States get the final say on who gets the vaccine. Unlike pfizer's vaccine, moderna's doesn't require special freezers and can more easily reach smaller community health centers and rural areas. 5.9 million doses already on the move to 3,500 locations. New York nurse Arlene Ramirez among the first in the state to receive moderna's shot at the same hospital where she lost her father to the virus. This vaccine is hope that we will cease this pandemic. It's hope that we will live a better life. Reporter: Houston doctor Joseph Varon also got his first dose. He's been O the front lines for nearly 300 days straight. When I opened the box, it's like opening a present. And it was literally like having a baby. Reporter: This as more than half a million people have already received the first dose of pfizer's vaccine. This vaccine news coming as the country is seeing new covid highs. In southern California, where some icus are completely full, more than 500 outbreaks linked to businesses including supermarkets. The state now asking the federal government for medical staff. Hospitals fearing they'll have to ration care. If we don't change how we're going to celebrate the winter holidays, we'll experience a surge on top of a surge on top of a surge. Reporter: And more top public health off are rolling up their sleeves to further assure Americans that these vaccines are safe. Dr. Fauci, nih director Collins and secretary Azar all plans to publicly get this vaccine tomorrow. Hoping to send a message. Eva pilgrim, thank you. There's news tonight

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