Obama says he may take COVID vaccine on TV so 'people know that I trust this science'

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Former President Barack Obama says he will indeed take the COVID-19 vaccine -- and that he may do so on TV to ease the concerns of Americans who are wary of it.

Obama told Sirius XM's "Urban View" that frontline workers should be at the front of the line, and that when it's his turn to get the vaccine, he'll be ready.

"I promise you that when it's then made for people who are less at risk, I will be taking it and I may end up taking it on TV or having it filmed just so that people know that I trust this science."

Obama also gave props to National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci.

"People like Anthony Fauci, who I know, and I’ve worked with, I trust completely,” he said. “So if Anthony Fauci tells me this vaccine is safe, and can vaccinate, immunize you from getting COVID, absolutely I’m going to take it."

He added, "And what I don't trust is getting COVID ... I think at this point, particularly in the African American community, we are -- African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans -- we have the highest death rates from this thing and are the most exposed and the most vulnerable in part because we have a lot of pre-existing conditions."