US President Joe Biden on Monday rolled up the sleeves of his shirt for a COVID-19 vaccine booster inoculation, hoping to provide a powerful example on the need for Americans to get extra shots, even as millions of people died before their first shot. Go without
In receiving the booster, Biden dismissed criticism that the United States should distribute more vaccines around the world before allowing boosters at home.
“We’re going to do our part,” he said.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week endorsed an additional dose of the Pfizer Inc. BioNitech vaccine for Americans 65 and older, adults with underlying medical conditions, and adults in high-risk working and institutional settings.
Biden, 78, said his wife, Jill, would also get a booster shot soon.
While scientists in the United States and other countries are divided over the need for booster shots to avoid vaccinating so many people, Biden in August called for a push to shore up protections against the highly permeable Delta variant. declare.
US regulators said only people who received their last dose of Pfizer’s shot at least six months ago are now eligible for another shot. The FDA has yet to consider Moderna’s application for a booster, and Johnson & Johnson has yet to apply for one.
US officials have cited a “non-vaccination epidemic” that state, local and federal officials, as well as private employers, have sought to combat mandates to receive shots or, in some cases, face repeated tests. have tried.
But the aggressive US push for boosters, before many poorer nations were able to provide even a modicum of protection for their most vulnerable populations, has drawn the ire of the World Health Organization and some aid groups, who have called for the US to stop. Has asked for a third shot to free up supplies for the Granthshala vaccination effort.
Biden said last week that the US was buying another 500 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine – for a total of 1 billion in the coming year – to donate to less affluent countries.
Vice President Kamala Harris, 56, received the Moderna vaccine, for which federal regulators have yet to authorize boosters – but they are expected to be in the coming weeks. Regulators are also expecting data about the safety and efficacy of boosters for a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson shot.
According to the CDC, at least 2.66 million Americans have received a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine since mid-August. Nearly 100 million Americans have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 through the Pfizer shot. US regulators recommend receiving a booster at least six months after the second shot of the initial two-dose series.