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Biden gets COVID-19 booster shot as additional doses roll out

Stock MarketsSep 27, 2021 04:16PM ET
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2/2 © Reuters. U.S. President Joe Biden walks from Marine One as he returns from Camp David to the White House in Washington, U.S., September 26, 2021. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts 2/2

By Alexandra Alper

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden rolled up his shirt sleeve and received a COVID-19 vaccine booster inoculation on Monday, hoping to provide a powerful example for Americans on the need to get the extra shot even as millions go without their first.

"Boosters are important, but the most important thing we need to do is get more people vaccinated," he said, noting that about 23% of people in the United States have not received a shot.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week backed an additional dose of the Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) Inc/BioNTech vaccine for Americans aged 65 and older, adults with underlying medical conditions and adults in high-risk working and institutional settings.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell also received a booster shot on Monday. “All Americans should speak with their doctors and get vaccinated," he said.

Biden, 78, said his wife Jill would also get a booster shot soon.

In getting the booster, Biden dismissed criticism that the United States should distribute more vaccines worldwide before allowing boosters at home.

"We are helping. We are doing more than every other nation in the world combined," he said.

While scientists are divided over the need for booster shots when so many people in the United States and other countries remain 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 dose of Pfizer's shot at least six months ago are eligible for another shot now, U.S. regulators said. The FDA has not yet considered Moderna (NASDAQ:MRNA)'s application for boosters and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) has not yet applied for one.

U.S. officials have cited a "pandemic of the unvaccinated" that state, local and federal officials as well as private employers have tried to counter with mandates to get the shots or, in some cases, face repeated testing.

Experts continue to push vaccines as largely regional outbreaks of the virus across the United States continue to stress health care systems, which could be further exacerbated by exhausted nurses or doctors or by staff who refuse the shots.

Biden gets COVID-19 booster shot as additional doses roll out
 

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palmer gossett
palmer gossett Sep 27, 2021 8:06PM ET
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David JC Sep 27, 2021 5:49PM ET
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Don't care
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peter neal Sep 27, 2021 3:53PM ET
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Every American has the right not to get vaccinated or wear a mask and to get Covid and Die. Just stay out of the Hospitals and don't be a baby about it when you die.
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Sep 27, 2021 3:53PM ET
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Peter what a disgusting comment you just made. God bless you
palmer gossett
palmer gossett Sep 27, 2021 3:53PM ET
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he's not a Democrat, he's just selfish
Dee Morris
Dee Morris Sep 27, 2021 2:26PM ET
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Somethings not right. Was it reported that Vice Pres. Harris, Dr.Fauci, and President Biden received the MODERNA vaccination- Not PFE?
Mark Stallone
Mark Stallone Sep 27, 2021 2:25PM ET
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You can have mine, too, Joey.
Tim Daly
Tim Daly Sep 27, 2021 2:17PM ET
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How do we know Xiden is actually getting the vax or a saline solution?
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Sep 27, 2021 2:17PM ET
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Probably parmesan cheese from Hunter Biden
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Felipe Daniel Sep 27, 2021 1:55PM ET
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If Delta is crisis why is border open?
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Sep 27, 2021 1:54PM ET
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Biden works for Pfizer they send 10% for the big guy
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Thanos theBear Sep 27, 2021 1:54PM ET
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10% of $36 billion is nice. All about the money and never about individual's safety.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden will receive his COVID-19 booster shot later on Monday, the White House said in a statement.
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Pure Propaganda....  The white house, congress, the senate, top judiciary - All exempt;  See it  on newsweek.
 
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