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Biden urges more people to get vaccinated as FDA panel recommends Moderna booster

A visitor sits on a bench to look at artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg’s “In America: Remember,” a temporary art installation of white flags to commemorate Americans who have died of covid-19, in Washington on Oct. 2. (Jose Luis Magana/AP)
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President Biden encouraged the 66 million Americans who are eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine but remain unvaccinated to get their shots, stressing that immunization status shouldn’t be a cause of further division in the country.

The president said the administration will continue to push for vaccinations, calling the number of unvaccinated Americans “unacceptably high.”

On Thursday an independent advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration unanimously recommended a booster dose of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine for people 65 and older and adults who are at high risk of severe illness or face exposure at work.

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Here’s what to know

  • President Biden said medical experts will make a decision on whether young children should be vaccinated within the next few weeks.
  • President Biden will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Oct. 29 during his trip to Europe, the White House announced.
  • Amid controversy about the origin of the coronavirus, it is the story of Nipah that has led many scientists to argue that the most likely explanation is a natural spillover that occurred in the wild, not a leak from a lab.
  • The number of Americans filing initial unemployment claims last week fell to 293,000, a 36,000 drop that brings the weekly number under 300,000 for the first time since the pandemic started.
  • About 90,000 covid-19 deaths could have been avoided over four months of this year if more U.S. adults had chosen to be vaccinated, a new study found. The disease caused by the coronavirus was the second-leading cause of death in the country in September.