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A message from Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch III

Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III: Vaccines and US

Lonnie Bunch (00:03):
Welcome. I'm Lonnie Bunch, the secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian is proud to have the vial from the first COVID vaccine ever given in the United States as part of our collections. We hope we can acquire the last one after all Americans have received the shot. Thankfully, I have been vaccinated, I'm not afraid of needles, but I am afraid of COVID-19.

Lonnie Bunch (00:32):
Back in the 1950s, my parents were rightly afraid of polio, so I received that vaccination as a child growing up in New Jersey. Fear is a powerful emotion, but knowledge is a powerful cure. In an age of disinformation, we're working with other trusted cultural organizations to provide that cure. We've asked one simple question, how can we best serve local communities in this time of crisis? The answer is to help all Americans learn how, why, and where it's so vital for all of us to get the vaccine. I invite you to explore the site and answer for yourself how important vaccinations are for you, your loved ones, and your community. Thank you very much. Stay well.

This collaboration is for all of US.
Together, we can learn and answer questions.
Together, we can share experiences, express ourselves, and our cultures.
Together, we can heal physically, emotionally, and economically. 
There are so many ways to become part of US.

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Last update: May 11, 2022