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Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and CDC Director Walensky testified Wednesday before the House subcommittee on Covid-19 on efforts to move beyond COVID-19.
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“We must work to stay ahead of this virus by amplifying bipartisan messaging to reinforce the importance of vaccinations and boosters to save lives,” said Walensky.
The officials spoke on how the Biden Administration’s National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan would continue to curb virus cases in the U.S. and prevent further pandemic disruptions if it is fully funded by Congress.
“The president’s budget released this week provides a roadmap to be more prepared for the next public health emergency,” said Walensky.
President Joe Biden also called on Congress to pass additional funding on Wednesday, before he received a second booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine a day after federal regulators approved a fourth shot for those aged 50 and older.
At the same time, the administration rolled out COVID.gov, designed to be a one-stop website to help people in the United States access COVID-19 tests, vaccines and treatments, along with status updates on infection rates where they live.
“Now, with a click of a button, people will be able to find where to access all of these tools,” the White House said.
On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cleared the way for another shot for anyone 50 and older, who can get the additional booster at least four months after their last vaccination. Severely immunocompromised patients, such as organ transplant recipients, as young as 12, are also eligible to “increase their protection against severe disease” said Walensky.
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