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CDC director breaks with agency advisers to endorse Pfizer booster for at-risk workers

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The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorsed the use of Pfizer and BioNTech's Covid-19 booster shot for workers at high risk of severe Covid-19, taking the rare step of overruling her agency's own advisers.

The CDC's independent vaccine advisory panel said on Thursday afternoon that the booster should be given to people 65 and older and nursing-home residents, along with people between 18 and 64 with underlying health conditions that raise their chances of severe Covid-19.

But the group, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, voted against allowing the booster for those at risk because of on-the-job exposure, such as for health care workers and teachers — breaking with the Food and Drug Administration's decision Wednesday to allow the booster for people with high-risk jobs.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky's decision to overrule the advisers, announced just before 1 a.m. on Friday, allows the Biden administration to expand use of the Pfizer-BioNTech booster, but falls far short of the broad rollout the White House laid out last month. The Biden team had initially aimed to begin administering Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna........

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