Washington: US President Joe Biden rolled up his shirt sleeve for a COVID-19 vaccine booster inoculation, hoping to provide a powerful example for Americans on the need to get the additional shot already as millions go without their first.
In getting the booster on Monday, local time, he dismissed criticism that the United States should spread more vaccines worldwide before allowing boosters at home.
“We are going to do our part,” he said.
The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week backed an additional measure of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for Americans aged 65 and older, adults with inner 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 are divided over the need for booster shots when so many people in the United States and other countries keep unvaccinated, Biden announced the push in August as part of an effort to shore up protection against the highly transmissible Delta variant.
Only people who received their last measure of Pfizer’s shot at the minimum six months ago are eligible for another measure now, US regulators said. The FDA has not however considered Moderna’s approval application for boosters and Johnson & Johnson has not however applied for one.
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