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White House COVID response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha discusses rising coronavirus cases

Dr Ashish Jha:

Yes, the best data we have on the fourth strike comes from Israel.

And the data is actually, I think, pretty clear. People over 60 who received four injections experienced dramatic reductions, not just in infections, which of course matters, but in hospitalizations and deaths, which matter most to us.

So I feel like, based on the data, people over 60 who are four or five months away from their second injection – I mean, their third injection, should get that second booster. I think this second reminder is going to be protective; 50 to 59, the data is less clear. If you’re a higher risk, that makes a lot of sense to me. And I think they should – people between 50 and 59 should think about it.

But, for me, 60+, if you follow the Israeli data, it’s clear that people are clearly benefiting from this second booster.


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