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FDA chief encourages states to open Covid vaccines to older Americans, other groups

January 8, 2021


The head of the Food and Drug Administration said Friday he is urging states to begin vaccinating lower-priority groups against Covid-19 as U.S. officials try to pick up the pace after a slower-than-expected initial rollout.

FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn did not advise opening vaccinations to all Americans, telling reporters that states should give shots to groups that “make sense,” such as the elderly, people with preexisting conditions, police, firefighters and other essential workers.

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