U.S. President Joe Biden addressed the nation Thursday, trying to cheer up Americans exhausted by the pandemic that next March will mark two years of scourging the world.
“I know we’re all frustrated as we start the new year. It’s been a long road, but we’re going to get through this,” the president said in a brief speech at the White House.
Administration to begin shipping free face masks nationwide in a few days in the face of the advance of the omicron variant.The company has also made available some 500 million proofs of COVID-19, in addition to a similar number already delivered.
Any American will be able to request the free test kits starting next week, via an online form, Biden said.
Overall, more than 208 million people in the U.S. are fully vaccinated, and 77 million of them have also received booster shots, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
EU warns against overuse of boosters.
The Union’s drug regulatory mechanism warned that too many doses of COVID-19 vaccines could eventually weaken the body’s immune system, rendering additional injections ineffective.
The dynamic would be “once or twice, but it’s not something we think should be repeated constantly,” Marco Cavaleri, the European Medicines Agency’s head of vaccine strategy, said in a statement earlier in the week.
Britain’s Health Safety Agency warned last week that there was “no immediate need” for people to receive a fourth injection.
* Some of this information came from the AFP agency.
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