Pop star Olivia Rodrigo meets Biden, Fauci as part of White House Covid vaccine push

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Pop star Olivia Rodrigo heads to the White House on Wednesday to give her voice to the Biden administration’s Covid vaccination campaign.

The Disney actor turned singer-songwriter will meet with President Joe Biden and his chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci at the White House, an official there confirmed to NBC News on Tuesday.

Rodrigo will make videos highlighting the need for young people to get vaccinated and answering their questions about the injections. The videos will be shared with Rodrigo’s more than 28 million followers on social media, as well as White House accounts, the official told NBC.

The partnership with Rodrigo, whose album “Sour” returned to No. 1 on the charts this week — months after lead single “Driver’s License” broke Spotify’s one-day streaming record — offers the latest look at how Biden’s Covid team is trying to connect. dealing with different groups of Americans.

The government’s new vaccine push includes partnerships with pediatricians and other health care providers, with the goal of getting more adolescents ages 12 to 18 vaccinated before returning to school in the fall.

The White House also uses social media and celebrity influencers to raise awareness. Biden and Fauci have participated in YouTube events and collaborated with content creators on the platform to spread the word about vaccination.

Rodrigo confirmed the trip in a post on Instagram.

‘I participate! See you tomorrow at the White House!’ Rodrigo responded to a post on Biden’s official account calling for help with youth vaccination.

The latest step in the vaccination campaign comes after Fauci said more than 99% of people who die from Covid are unvaccinated.

“Only 0.5% of those who die are vaccinated,” said Fauci, the longtime head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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