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WHO experts criticize ‘repeated booster’ strategy

Using the original vaccines against Covid-19 as boosters against emerging variants is the wrong approach, said a WHO expert group, adding that the world needs new vaccines that protect against infection and transmission. “A vaccination strategy based on repeated booster doses of the original vaccine composition is unlikely to be …

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CDC says Pfizer-jabbed should get booster even sooner now

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended on Tuesday that those who have received the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine should be receiving a booster shot a month earlier than was originally suggested. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended the accelerated timeline on Monday, and the CDC agreed, shortening …

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Israel sets precedent with fourth booster shot

Israel has begun administering a fourth Covid-19 vaccine dose to triple-vaccinated test subjects. The Jewish state is already planning on offering an extra booster shot to the elderly and vulnerable. 150 medical workers at the Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv began receiving a fourth dose of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine …

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France slashes booster interval even shorter

The new guidance came on Friday from the French National Authority for Health, shortening the recommended time frame for boosters by two months in order to strengthen immunity as Omicron infections are on the rise. The health body cited research indicating that available vaccines offer around 80% protection for up …

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More countries cutting booster intervals to 3 months

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt announced the change Friday, citing advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI). Starting January 4, Australians will become eligible for their booster four months after receiving their second jab. As of January 31, that interval will be cut to just three months. …

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Dangers of ‘blanket’ booster programs revealed

According to the WHO’s advisory group on immunization (SAGE) report, published on Wednesday, the focus “must remain on decreasing death and severe disease” as well as on protecting the healthcare systems. SAGE expressed concern that “broad-based administration of booster doses risks exacerbating vaccine access” by diverting supply from under-vaccinated countries …

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New Yorkers offered holiday booster deal

Outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the move during a Tuesday press conference, saying the cash-grab is a “limited-time opportunity” and will be “by far the biggest booster incentive program” created in the United States. “We want everyone, right now, as quickly as possible, to get those boosters. And we’re …

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Trump touts Covid-19 vaccines, reveals his booster status

“We did something that was historic,” Trump said on Sunday at an event in Dallas. “We saved tens of millions of lives worldwide.” He also revealed that he had gotten a vaccine booster shot, eliciting a smattering of boos from the audience, which Trump attributed to “a very tiny group …

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Pfizer to test Covid booster dose on infants, young kids

The pharmaceutical giant announced on Thursday that it would start testing a third dose on young children “at least two months after the second dose” in an effort “to provide high levels of protection in this young age group.” Explaining its decision, the company cited clinical data showing that the …

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