Vice President Mike Pence was inoculated with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on live television Friday morning, which the White House said was to "promote the safety and efficacy of the vaccine and build confidence among the American people." Pence applauded the development of a COVID-19 vaccine in less than a year and said, "while we cut red tape, we cut no corners." Later, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also received their vaccines. Pelosi urged Americans to "continue mask wearing, social distancing & other science-based steps to save lives & crush the virus" while the vaccine rolls out. President-elect Joe Biden is set to get the vaccine in a few days and will also do so publicly to vouch for its safety.

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