Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and CDC Director Walensky testify Wednesday before the House Subcommittee on Covid-19 on efforts to move beyond COVID-19.
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The hearing comes as President Joe Biden is expected to receive a second booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, the White House announced, a day after federal regulators approved a fourth vaccine for people aged 50. and more.
Biden would receive the vaccine after his administration rolled out covid.gov, which he says is a one-stop website that will help people in the United States access COVID-19 tests, vaccines and treatments, as well as updates on infection rates where they live.
“Now, with the click of a button, people will be able to find where to access all of these tools,” the White House said. People will also be able to find the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on COVID-19 in their community.
The additional reminder is intended to bolster the body’s protection against COVID-19 in populations most vulnerable to the coronavirus, which has killed more than 975,000 people in the United States.
Biden, 79, received the first two-dose series of the coronavirus vaccine shortly before taking office and a first booster in September. The additional booster dose will be administered by a member of the White House Medical Unit.
On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cleared the way for another shot for anyone 50 and older, who can get the additional booster at least four months after their last vaccination. Severely immunocompromised patients, such as organ recipients, as young as 12 years old are also eligible.
The highly transmissible omicron variant is the dominant strain in the United States, but scientists say it poses a lower risk of serious illness for those who are up to date on their vaccinations, including boosters.
Unvaccinated people, however, are at much higher risk.
This is a developing story and will be updated.