Obama, Clinton, And Bush Make Big Promise About COVID-19 Vaccine

2020 is still ground to a halt as the world grapples with the deadly coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Anthony Fauci, an immunologist tasked with helping the White House in the midst of the pandemic, quickly became a familiar face. While Fauci seemed calm on camera, he had an occasionally-fraught relationship with President Donald Trump. Not only that, but Fauci wasn't too surprised when Trump contracted Covid-19.

Fauci was careful about openly criticizing the president, but plenty of others were not. Many outlets felt that Trump did not handle the situation appropriately and mismanaged the U.S. response to the coronavirus. In fact, Vox made a timeline of all the times Trump failed to respond to the pandemic. Trump was warned about the deadly virus as early as January 2020. Instead of reacting, Trump "consistently played down the fledgling pandemic even as the first US case was reported in Washington state," according to the outlet. 

Since then, three former presidents, both Democratic and Republican, have stepped up to ask how they can help. Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton put their heads together and made some big promises about the vaccines for Covid-19. Here's what they have to say.

Obama, Bush, and Clinton offered to be filmed getting the vaccine

Distribution of the coronavirus vaccine is right around the corner. Early distribution should begin by mid to late December 2020, according to CNBC.  There's one problem: some people, per the Wall Street Journal, are afraid of getting the vaccine. 

Three former American presidents have since stepped up, offering to help reassure the public and end the pandemic. President Barack Obama spoke with SiriusXM host Joe Madison in an interview about the vaccine. "I promise you that when it's been made for people who are less at risk, I will be taking it," Obama said. "I may end up taking it on TV or having it filmed, just so that people know that I trust this science, and what I don't trust is getting COVID."

President George W. Bush likewise offered to help in any way he could, according to CNN. "First, the vaccines need to be deemed safe and administered to the priority populations," Bush's chief of staff Freddy Ford said. "Then, President Bush will get in line for his, and will gladly do so on camera."

Finally, President Bill Clinton's press secretary told People that he'll also get the vaccine in a public way. "President Clinton will definitely take a vaccine as soon as available to him, based on the priorities determined by public health officials. And he will do it in a public setting if it will help urge all Americans to do the same."