Covid19: Biden gets booster amid confusion over third dose

Joe Biden
US President Joe Biden receives his Covid-19 booster vaccination, September 27, 2021. © REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

US President Joe Biden had his third dose of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine administered live before the White House press corps, insisting the ‘unvaccinated’ were a problem for America and urging everyone to get their shots.

  • Biden was injected on Monday at a televised event inside the Eisenhower Executive Office building, telling the reporters he was doing so because the regulators had declared the Pfizer-made boosters “safe and effective.”
  • The media outlet pointed out that Monday’s booster event was historic the first time a sitting president was getting the coronavirus vaccine on camera. While Biden took both of his original doses on camera, that was before he was sworn in.
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended the boosters last week but rejected the White House’s call to apply them to the general adult population. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) went a step further, expanding the booster advisory to “those in high risk occupational and institutional settings” on Thursday.
  • Meanwhile, Large crowds of demonstrators gathered around sites in New York City, as well as upstate, demanding the government repeals mandatory vaccination orders for certain categories of workers and a ‘passport’ system implemented in NYC.
  • The protesters were seen marching in Manhattan, Staten Island, and elsewhere in the city on Monday afternoon and carrying into the evening, with one reporter on the scene estimating a crowd of at least 1,000 in the former borough.
  • In addition, smokers are 60%-80% more likely to be admitted to hospital with Covid-19 and also more likely to die from the disease, data suggests.

A study, which pooled observational and genetic data on smoking and Covid-19 to strengthen the evidence base, contradicts research published at the start of the pandemic suggesting that smoking might help to protect against the virus.