Biden and Obamas urge Americans in TV special to beat the pandemic by getting vaccinated

Rebecca Falconer
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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.

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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.

Go deeper: Vaccines: What you should know

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