“Of course, we would,” Azar said when asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper whether the department would vaccinate Biden if he asked for it.
“Any of those types of efforts that signal to the American people the importance of getting vaccinated and that we, as leaders, are willing to sort of, as you say, put our money where our mouth is,” Azar continued, adding that “we would be very supportive of that and make sure that that would happen.”
When asked whether President Donald Trump or Biden were scheduled to be vaccinated publicly in the next few weeks, Azar applauded Trump’s comments that he planned to be vaccinated, though he did not directly address the question.
“This week, I really want to keep the focus on our heroic health care workers and our most vulnerable seniors who are in nursing homes,” Azar said, adding that “of course, for any major public official I would be delighted for them to do so on TV but I don’t want to prejudge any individual’s personal health condition or their willingness to get a vaccine or to be judgmental about that.”
“I am not scheduled to take the vaccine, but look forward to doing so at the appropriate time,” Trump tweeted.
Azar also said that he personally wanted to get vaccinated “as soon as possible” and on television “because I want the American people to see my complete confidence in the integrity of the system. I want them to see that I wouldn’t ask them to do something I wouldn’t do myself.”
CNN’s Dan Merica, Jim Acosta, Kaitlan Collins, Susannah Cullinane and Holly Yan contributed to this report.