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Joe Biden receives dose of updated Covid-19 vaccine

Joe Biden receives dose of updated Covid-19 vaccine

The 80-year-old US president also got vaccinated against the flu on Saturday and “encouraged all Americans to follow his example.”

A double dose for the US president. Joe Biden, 80, received an updated dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and an annual flu shot, his doctor announced Saturday.

“As we enter cold and flu season, the president encourages all Americans to follow his lead,” wrote Kevin O’Connor, the president’s personal physician.

Joe Biden “several weeks ago” received a new vaccine against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), the main cause of bronchitis, which is especially dangerous for the elderly and children.

The number of hospitalizations is increasing

U.S. health officials now recommend that all Americans 60 and older receive the RSV vaccine. Last week they also approved updated versions of the Covid-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna to adapt to the variants of the virus currently circulating.

The number of hospitalizations linked to Covid-19 in the US has been rising in recent weeks Numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionBut the success of this new vaccine campaign is uncertain: the previous booster dose against Covid-19 was taken by only 17% of the US population.

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