Aug 27, 2021 - Health

White House clarifies Biden boosters statement

U.S. President Joe Biden, right, and Naftali Bennett, Israel's prime minister, meet in the Oval Office of the White House.
President Biden, right, and Naftali Bennett, Israel's prime minister, meet in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Friday. Photo: Sarahbeth Maney0The New York Times-Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Biden administration plans to issue a statement clarifying there is no change to their planned timeline for recommending boosters after people finish their primary immunization, despite comments from the president this afternoon.

What they're saying: "We are going to start the booster program in mid-September. There's no change in our timeline," a press release says, according to a senior Biden administration official. The move is also pending authorization by the FDA and the CDC's advisory panel known as ACIP, a senior Biden administration official told Axios.

Context: President Biden reportedly said Friday that U.S. regulators were considering administering booster shots five months after people finish their COVID shots. But the administration previously said it was targeting eight months.

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