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A COVID-19 vaccination at New York's Stony Brook University. Photo: Raychel Brightman/Newsday RM via Getty Images

The Biden administration is coalescing around a plan to give COVID-19 booster shots to most Americans, the New York Times first reported Monday night.

What to expect: The booster shots would likely be given in the order the initial round of vaccines were administered, or around eight months after someone received the first two mRNA shots or the single Johnson & Johnson jab, a Biden administration official told Axios. This could potentially begin in late September.

  • The plan is still subject to approval by the Food and Drug Administration and a CDC advisory committee.

Driving the news: Officials are concerned by the nationwide surge in new coronavirus cases, driven by the highly contagious Delta variant.

Between the lines: Biden administration officials have become increasingly concerned by new data showing the vaccines' effectiveness against infection has waned over time and as the Delta variant became dominant. Importantly, the vaccines still hold up well against serious disease.

  • Most of the data has been published by other countries or the vaccine makers themselves. But one preprint study published last week by the Mayo Clinic and nference was, as a senior Biden official put it to Axios, "a wakeup call."

Flashback: The CEOs of Pfizer and Moderna told Axios last May that coronavirus vaccine booster shots could be necessary as soon as September.

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The big picture: Paul claims vindication in his dispute with Fauci, played out at heated Senate hearings, over the level of risk of U.S.-funded research in Wuhan, where COVID began.

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Jason Sudeikis returns as "ghost from Biden's past" in "SNL" cold open

A screenshot of the "Saturday Night Live" Joe Bidens in the latest "SNL" cold open. Photo: Will Heath/NBC

The latest "Saturday Night Live" cold open saw former cast member Jason Sudeikis resume his role as the "old" Joe Biden to reassure the "new" one, played by James Austin Johnson amid slumping poll numbers.

The big picture: Sudeikis' Vice President Biden, who's also this week's host, explained to Johnson's President Biden: "I'm you from eight years ago, man, the ghost from Biden's past — boo!" He noted they "may be from different eras, but ... we're Joe freaking Biden!"

Gaming CEO calls on industry to help fight climate change

"Catalyst Black." Screenshot: Super Evil Megacorp

Gaming CEO Kristian Segerstrale is calling on leaders in his industry to take action on climate change, after completing a $1.4 million fundraising campaign this summer.

Why it matters: Gaming's pandemic-fueled boom creates an opportunity, and maybe even an obligation, to do some good.