Apr 17, 2021 - Health

Biden and Obamas to star in COVID vaccination TV special

President Biden and former President Obama on NBC's "Roll up your sleeves" event
Imags of President Biden and former President Obama on NBC's "Roll up your sleeves" special to boost vaccination rates. Photo: NBC

President Biden, former President Obama and Michelle Obama are joining a slew of stars for an NBC special this weekend that aims to raise awareness of COVID-19 vaccines, dispel myths and boost inoculation rates.

What to expect: In Sunday's "Roll Up Your Sleeves" special, hosted by NFL quarterback Russell Wilson and actor-singer Ciara, Biden will urge Americans to "beat the pandemic, protect loved ones and continue the road to recovery," according to a statement from NBC.

Michelle Obama on the NBC special "Roll up your sleeves," designed to encourage Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
An image of Michelle Obama on the NBC special. Photo: NBC
  • NBA greats Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal will team up with former President Obama in the special, which airs Sunday at 7p.m. ET.
  • Former first lady Michelle Obama will be joined by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Faith Hill and Jennifer Lopez.

The big picture: The special comes as new polling shows Americans' confidence in the safety of Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine took a big dip this week after the pause in its use.

  • That's despite the risk of blood clots following the shot being extremely low, "if it exists at all," Axios' Caitlin Owens and Marisa Fernandez note.

Of note: The hour-long special will feature actor Matthew McConaughey interviewing Biden's chief medical adviser, Anthony Fauci, about separating "fact from fiction," per NBC's statement.

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