Biden Administration Proposes Additional Covid-19 Vaccine Dose This Fall

The Biden administration has announced its intention to offer every American an additional dose of the vaccine this upcoming fall.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Biden Administration Proposes Additional Covid-19 Vaccine Dose This Fall

In a recent move to bolster the nation's defense against a resurging Covid-19 wave, the Biden administration has announced its intention to offer every American an additional dose of the vaccine this upcoming fall. According to an official from the White House, the decision comes in light of rising infection rates and a subsequent increase in hospital admissions.

Despite the concerning rise, it was emphasized that the total number of infections remains relatively low.

Modern Vaccines Taking On New Subvariants

As part of the pharmaceutical response to the evolving pandemic, Moderna, a leading biotech company, confirmed on Thursday that preliminary data indicates its newly-developed Covid-19 vaccine is effective against the "Eris" and "Fornax" subvariants.

This is crucial information as these subvariants have raised global concerns. But Moderna isn't alone in its pursuit. Other giants in the vaccine race, such as Novavax, Pfizer, and their German collaborator BioNTech SE, have also developed variations of their Covid-19 vaccines specifically targeting the XBB.1.5 subvariant.

With health regulatory approvals from both the United States and Europe underway, these companies are optimistic that their updated vaccines will be ready for distribution in the weeks leading up to the fall vaccination season.

"We will be encouraging all Americans to get those boosters in addition to flu shots and RSV shots," said the White House official, drawing attention to the Respiratory Syncytial Virus, another respiratory ailment that can pose health risks, especially during the fall and winter months.

A Comprehensive Approach to Protect Public Health

Beyond just introducing the vaccine booster doses, the Biden administration is channeling its resources into a robust awareness campaign. The goal is to ensure the American public is informed and feels confident in taking proactive steps for their health.

The strategy is twofold. By expanding eligibility, the administration hopes to widen the net of vaccine coverage, aiming for a more comprehensive public health safety. Additionally, by launching an awareness campaign, they intend to emphasize the importance of global cooperation and the interconnected response necessary to quash the pandemic.

This approach mirrors the collective global efforts being made to combat the virus, highlighting that while individual nations can take steps to protect their citizens, it remains a concerted worldwide effort to truly bring the pandemic to an end.

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