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White House outlines new steps to fight COVID-19. Plan for COVID-19 booster shots announced.
Where: United States
On August 18th, President Biden announced various initiatives to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, including the plan to offer COVID-19 booster shots starting the week of September 20th.
Other initiatives included an extension of full federal reimbursement to states for eligible COVID-19 emergency response costs until December 31st.
Biden further directed nursing homes to ensure full COVID-19 vaccination for its staff as a requirement to partake in Medicare or Medicaid programs.
US Department of Health and Human Services’ public health and medical experts, including CDC Director Dr. Walensky, FDA Acting Commissioner Dr. Woodcock, and Biden’s Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Fauci, released a joint statement regarding the need for COVID-19 booster shots.
The joint statement read, “Based on our latest assessment, the current protection against severe disease, hospitalization, and death could diminish in the months ahead… For that reason, we conclude that a booster shot will be needed to maximize vaccine-induced protection and prolong its durability.”
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