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Biden announces expanded booster rollout amid confusion over eligibility

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President Joe Biden said his administration will begin to deliver booster shots this week after the nation’s two leading health agencies endorsed a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine for individuals older than 65 and people at high risk.

"We have the tools to beat Covid if we come together as a country and use the tools we have," Biden said in a speech Friday. "This week we took a step in protecting the vaccinated with booster shots. I've made clear all along ... the decision of which booster shot to give and who will get them is left to the scientists and the doctors."

The announcement came hours after CDC Director Rochelle Walensky overruled an agency advisory committee to allow health care workers and other people with significant on-the-job Covid-19 exposure to get the Pfizer-BioNtech booster. That decision ended weeks of speculation about whether the Food and Drug Administration and CDC would move to authorize the shots before the president’s end of September deadline.

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