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Biden receives coronavirus vaccine; Harris, Ivanka Trump campaign in Georgia for Senate candidates

On Dec 21., Joe Biden received the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, while also emphasizing the need to wear masks and socially distance. (Video: The Washington Post, Photo: Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)
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President-elect Joe Biden received the coronavirus vaccine Monday, sending a message to the nation about the safety of the vaccine. The president-elect received the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at ChristianaCare Hospital in Newark, Del., in an event that was carried on live television.

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Earlier in the day, Vice President-elect Kamala D. Harris campaigned in Georgia for Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock ahead of the Jan. 5 runoff elections that will determine control of the Senate. President Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump also was in the state Monday seeking to boost turnout for Sens. David Perdue (R) and Kelly Loeffler (R).

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