The Michigan governor defends the effectiveness of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine and says that she would receive it herself if it were available when she was eligible to be vaccinated.
Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Governor. Gretchen whitmerGretchen Whitmer Sunday Shows Progress: Manchin Makes Rounds After Key Role In Debate Over Coronavirus Relief FBI Whistleblower Describes Plot Against Whitmer Time To Remove Bureaucratic Barriers To Access To Health Care MORE (D) responded to criticism of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan (D), who last Thursday said he had refused to accept more than 6,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
“Mayor Duggan is doing a phenomenal job in the city of Detroit,” he told CNN. Jake tapperJacob (Jake) Paul Tapper Former Trump press secretary criticized for agitating QAnon on Twitter Republican governor of Maryland says he would have voted to convict Trump Democratic senator defends decision not to call witnesses: ‘They were not going to get more votes Republicans’ MORE. “He’s trying to do the best he can for the people he represents and that’s what he always does.”
“I think recognizing that this J&J vaccine is another great tool in our arsenal is where they are now, and deploying them is something that they are going to do as well,” continued Whitmer.
Amid news that Detriot Mayor Mike Duggan turned down a dose assignment for Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says: “I will take whatever vaccine is available. for me when my category appears. ” #CNNSOTU https://t.co/pv4iP729Qr pic.twitter.com/9VpqoJgcD3
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When asked what she would say to a Detroit resident who doubted the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after Duggan said it was not “the best,” referring to the Moderna and Pfizer candidates, the governor said she would urge them to take whatever was available when it was eligible.
“Take that vaccine!” she said. “I will take whatever vaccine is available to me when my category appears.”
“They are all highly effective, they are all incredibly safe, and the faster we can vaccinate 70 percent of our population, the faster we can get back to some kind of normalcy,” he added.
The mayor said the city had enough vaccine doses to vaccinate all currently eligible residents.
“At this point, everyone in the city of Detroit who is eligible, who wants a vaccine, can get it,” Duggan said. “The day may come in March or April when all Moderna and Pfizer are engaged and we still have people who need a vaccine. And at that point we will create a Johnson & Johnson center. “
“Johnson & Johnson is a very good vaccine. Modern and Pfizer are the best,” added the mayor. “And I’m going to do everything I can to make sure the residents of the City of Detroit get the best.”
The mayor later retracted those comments, saying he would appreciate the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.