Washington – The president of the United States, Joe Biden, received a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19 on Monday, three days after the US health authorities authorized the administration of those booster injections for vulnerable groups.
In a White House auditorium and with journalists and cameras present, Biden rolled up a sleeve of his shirt so that a nurse could administer a booster dose, as the country’s authorities have recommended for those over 65 and others vulnerable groups.
“I know it doesn’t seem like it, but I’m over 65, a lot older, and that’s why I’m getting my booster dose today,” said the 78-year-old president.RELATED
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gave the green light on Friday to administer a booster vaccine from Pfizer to about 20 million people who received the second dose at least six months ago and who are turning one. set of conditions.
This group includes those over 65 years of age, adults with diseases such as diabetes or obesity, and workers with a higher risk of contagion – such as health workers, teachers, or grocery store employees; provided they had received the full guideline from Pfizer first.
Biden got the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine on January 11, more than eight months ago, so he was eligible for a booster and did so as soon as possible to encourage more Americans to follow suit.
“Booster doses are important, but the most important thing we need to do is get more people to get vaccinated,” stressed, however, the president.
About 25% of the US population eligible to be vaccinated has not received even one dose, which is equivalent to about 70 million people and is hindering the fight against the delta variant in the country.
The decision of the United States to proceed with the booster doses for certain groups contradicts the requests of the World Health Organization (WHO), which this month asked developed countries not to take that measure at least until December, given the inequality of dose distribution on the planet.
Asked about it, Biden insisted that the United States is “doing more than all other countries in the world combined” by donating vaccines to developing countries, after acquiring “more than 1.1 billion doses” to share with other nations.