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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04)

December 21, 2020

Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after receiving the first of two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech over the weekend. As part of continuity of government protocols, the Office of the Attending Physician has made available and recommended administration of the vaccine to all members of Congress.

“The fact that the United States has deployed a vaccine to fight COVID-19 within less than a year is not only a scientific marvel but a testament to American brilliance and ingenuity. This achievement would not have been possible without Operation Warp Speed, which envisioned and forged a way to rapidly discover and deliver a safe and effective vaccine to save lives – without cutting any corners. At the recommendation of the Office of the Attending Physician and to demonstrate my total confidence in this vaccine, I received my first dose over the weekend. While vaccinations are a personal decision, defeating this terrible coronavirus is a war we must fight and win together. We can all do our part by taking the vaccine as soon as it becomes available to us all.”

Cole is Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, which provides annual funding for the Department of Health and Human Services.