US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris received her COVID-19 vaccine live on television on December 29. She urged public trust in the process, while her choice of hospital highlighted the plight of the hard-hit African-American community. A mask-wearing Harris received the first of her two shots of the vaccine manufactured by US firm Moderna at United Medical Center, located in an area of Washington, DC with a large African-American population. Harris will become the first Black and Indian-American vice president when she takes office on January 20, as well as the first woman in the role. Her husband Doug Emhoff was also to be vaccinated. President-elect Joe Biden was vaccinated live on television on December 21. Outgoing President Donald Trump, who was hospitalized with the virus in October, has not committed to being vaccinated. The United States has registered some 19.3 million cases & more than 335,000 deaths related to the virus, both the world\'s highest.