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Biden admin plans to roll out updated Covid booster shots in September

Biden admin plans to roll out updated Covid booster shots in September

Biden admin plans to roll out updated Covid booster: The Biden administration plans to offer updated Covid boosts in September, an administration official confirmed to knewsline  News on Friday.

The new vaccines will be reformulated to work better against the now dominant and extremely infectious omicron subvariant BA.5 as well as the BA.4 subvariant.

Both Pfizer and Moderna say they will have the redesigned boosters ready by the fall, and the federal government has bought millions of doses to distribute to the public, but it’s not enough to vaccinate every American.

BA.4 and BA.5 — so far considered the most contagious forms of the virus — accounted for more than 90% of all new Covid cases in the United States.

Health officials have been racing to deal with the aggressive subvariants, with the US Food and Drug Administration recommending last month that vaccine makers update their shots to BA.4 and BA.5.

On Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense announced an agreement to purchase 66 million doses of Moderna’s bivalent Covid booster vaccine.

The federal government also recently purchased 105 million booster doses of the bivalent Covid vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech for potential use later this year.

Once these bivalent vaccine boosters are approved by the FDA and CDC, the first shipments from both manufacturers will be received in early fall, Health and Human Services said in a news release.

Together, Moderna and Pfizer will provide 171 million booster doses of the bivalent vaccine in the fall and beyond if it’s authorized and recommended — but that’s not enough to get every American a dose, according to the report.

Biden admin plans to roll out updated Covid booster shots in September knewsline news
Biden admin plans to roll out updated Covid booster shots in September knewsline news

Health and Human Services said both the Moderna and Pfizer agreements include options for 300 million doses from each company, for a total of 600 million doses, “but these options can only be exercised with additional funding from Congress.”

The ministry emphasized in the report that existing Covid vaccines “remain the single most important tool in preventing serious illness, hospitalizations and deaths”. Given the threat posed by the BA.5 subvariant, it is vital that Americans “stay up to date with their Covid-19 vaccinations.”

  • Biden admin plans to roll out updated Covid booster

“We must remain vigilant in our fight against COVID-19 and continue to expand Americans’ access to the best vaccines and treatments,” Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said in the release. “As we look into the fall and winter, we’re doing just that — making sure Americans have the tools they need to stay safe and help keep our nation moving forward.”

Currently, only Americans over age 50 or people over age 12 with certain immune deficiencies are eligible for a second booster dose. Of those over 50 who got their first booster, only about 30% got a second, according to CDC data.

The number of hospitalizations with covid in the United States is increasing slightly, as subvariants continue to make up a larger share

Biden admin plans to roll out updated Covid booster

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