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Saturday, December 10, 2022

WATCH LIVE: Surgeon General Murthy, CDC Director Walensky testifies about attempts to move past COVID-19

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and CDC Director Walensky testified before the House subcommittee on Covid-19 on Wednesday about attempts to move beyond COVID-19.

The event is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. ET. Look in the player above.

The trial comes when President Joe Biden will receive a second booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, the White House announced, a day after federal regulators approved a fourth shot for those 50 and older.

Biden would get the shot after his administration deployed covid.gov, which it says is a one-stop website that will 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 the click of a button, people will be able to find where to access all of these instruments,” the White House said. People will also be able to find the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on COVID-19 in their community.

The additional booster is intended to boost the body’s protection against COVID-19 in populations most vulnerable to the coronavirus, which has killed more than 975,000 people in the US.

Biden, 79, received the first series of two doses of the coronavirus vaccine shortly before his inauguration and a first booster shot in September. The additional booster dose will be administered by a member of the White House Medical Unit.

On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paved the way for another shot for anyone 50 and older, who could get the additional booster at least four months after their last vaccination. Severe immune-compromised patients, such as organ transplant recipients as young as 12, are also eligible.

The highly transmissible omicron variant is the dominant strain in the US, but scientists say it poses a lower risk of serious diseases for those who are aware of their vaccinations, including boosters.

However, the unvaccinated is a much greater risk.

This is an evolving story and will be updated.

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