Biden gets second booster shot, asks Congress to pass emergency Covid funding

Topline

President Joe Biden has received a second reminder against Covid-19 on camera on Wednesday, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention update its recommendation for Americans 50 and older to receive a second booster.

Highlights

Before receiving his second reminder, Biden delivered a speech on the pandemic, noting that the White House has spear covid.gov, a one-stop website that helps Americans access Covid tests, vaccines, treatments, and information about Covid in their area.

Biden too called Congress will pass $22.5 billion worth of emergency Covid funding for Covid tests, vaccines, treatments and research, but demand faces opposition Senate Republicans.

Biden, 79, received two doses of the vaccine followed by a Pfizer-BioNTech booster in September.

Biden’s second recall came as some people in close contact with him, including the White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-PierreWhite House press secretary Jen Psaki and second gentleman Doug Emhofhave recently tested positive for Covid.

The highly transmissible BA.2 Omicron variant accounted for nearly 55% of Covid cases last week, up from 39% the previous week, according to CDC data updated Tuesday.

Key context

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday authorized second booster doses of Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for people 50 and older after learning that protection from a third dose lapses after three to six months. A second booster should be given at least four months after the first. Albert Bourla, CEO of Pfizer noted earlier in the month that a third dose is “good” for hospitalizations and deaths but “not so good” for preventing infections. Experts have said the US is unlikely to see a large increase in Covid cases and that the BA.2 Omicron variant is less likely to cause serious illness than other Omicron variants.

Large number

67.2%. It is the ratio of Americans aged 65 and over, or 32.8 million, who were boosted on Wednesday, according to the CDC. This age group has the highest ratio of Americans who received their third dose.

Further reading

Biden to receive 2nd reminder as admin launches COVID.GOV (Associated Press)

FDA authorizes second Covid recall for Americans 50 and older (Forbes)

The BA.2 Omicron variant is becoming dominant in the United States, according to the CDC (Forbes)

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