US President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that the country will likely start recommending Covid-19 vaccines every year as his administration urges US citizens to seek out newly authorized booster shots designed to fight new coronavirus variants.
“As the virus continues to change, we will now be able to update our vaccines each year to target the dominant variant,” Biden said in a statement. He further added that “just like your annual flu shot, you should get it between Labor Day and Halloween.”
It comes after US health officials held a briefing as regulators cleared the next generation of coronavirus inoculations and called on people aged 12 and over to get another dose of the vaccine if they don’t get it. haven’t done yet.
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During the briefing, White House Covid-19 response coordinator Ashish Jha said that for “a large majority of Americans, we are moving towards a point where a single annual Covid vaccine should provide a high degree of year-round critical illness protection. This is an important Milestone.”
Meanwhile, America’s top infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, has warned that an abrupt change in the virus could alter the interval at which doses are rolled out.
“If a wildcard variant comes up, all bets are void,” Fauci said.
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The United States has so far recorded a total of 94,880,701 coronavirus cases and 1,048,134 deaths, according to data from John Hopkins. The world has recorded around 606,094,157 cases of the virus so far.
(With contributions from Bloomberg, Reuters)