Polls show that Republican men, who are overwhelmingly supporters of Trump and his «Make America Great Again» or Maga platform, are the leading vaccine sceptics
WASHINGTON (AFP) – Former US president Donald Trump on Tuesday (March 16) encouraged his Republican supporters – one of the main groups resistant to Covid-19 vaccines – to get their shots.
«I would recommend it,» Trump said during an interview on Fox News.
«I would recommend it to a lot of people that don’t want to get it and a lot of those people voted for me, frankly,» he said.
«It’s a great vaccine, it’s a safe vaccine and it’s something that works.» This was Trump‘s most explicit endorsement for the national mass vaccination campaign since he left office in January.
All other living former presidents, including Democrat Barack Obama and Republican George W. Bush, have delivered high profile public service announcements.
But Trump has largely been silent while the man who defeated him, President Joe Biden, masterminds the vaccine roll-out.
Polls show that Republican men, who are overwhelmingly supporters of Trump and his «Make America Great Again» or Maga platform, are the leading vaccine sceptics.
Meanwhile, Trump remained non-committal about seeking to recapture the presidency following his one term in office.
«Based on every poll, they want me to run again,» he said. «But we’re going to take a look and we’ll see.»
More on this topic Related Story Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy a speed bump in US roll-out Related Story Trump, wife quietly got White House Covid-19 shots as others went public Related Stories: Related Story Moderna Covid-19 vaccine to start being administered at 4 new centres Related Story Philippines confronts alarming new wave of Covid-19 infections with targeted curbs Related Story HK orders compulsory Covid-19 testing for 80 residential premises and workplaces after gym cluster grows Related Story WHO tries to quash nervousness about AstraZeneca vaccine Related Story England investigating new coronavirus variant linked to Antigua travel Related Story ‘I’ve aged 30 years’: Tough battle for patients with long-term Covid-19 symptoms Related Story World awaits China Covid-19 origins report Related Story Behind the fall and rise of India’s coronavirus cases Related Story Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine can produce antibodies, immune cells 12 days after first dose: Study Related Story British variant of Covid-19 has significantly higher death rate, study finds Join ST’s Telegram channel here and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.