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In this Sept. 14 photo, a syringe is prepared with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic at the Reading Area Community College in Reading, Pa. An influential panel of advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention met Wednesday to decide who should get COVID-19 booster shots and when.
The Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention is the latest agency to weigh in on the vaccine booster shot debate.
School districts were already struggling with teacher shortages. The stress of teaching during the pandemic has only worsened the situation.
The U.S. pledged to buy 1.1 billion doses through 2022, but that’s a fraction of what is needed to vaccinate the world’s population.
The coronavirus death rates for children in certain racial and ethnic minorities are over 3 times that of white children, an analysis shows.

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  1. In this Sept. 14 file photo, a syringe is prepared with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic at the Reading Area Community College in Reading, Pa. The U.S. moved a step closer Wednesday to offering booster doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to senior citizens and others at high risk from the virus as the Food and Drug Administration signed off on the targeted use of the extra shots.
  2. In this Sept. 14 photo, a syringe is prepared with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic at the Reading Area Community College in Reading, Pa. An influential panel of advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention met Wednesday to decide who should get COVID-19 booster shots and when.
  3. Eric Clapton will perform at Amalie Arena on Sept.25. The guitarist, though vaccinated himself, has been outspoken in his complaints about COVID-19 regulations, vaccinations and touring mandates.
  4. President Joe Biden speaks during a virtual COVID-19 summit during the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus on Wednesday.
  5. In this Aug. 12 photo, a student gets help with his mask from transitional kindergarten teacher Annette Cuccarese during the first day of classes at Tustin Ranch Elementary School in Tustin, Calif. Now that California schools have welcomed students back to in-person learning, they face a new challenge: A shortage of teachers and all other staff, the likes of which some districts say they've never seen.
  6. Mha’siyah Blake, 12, prepares to receive a COVID-19 vaccine administered by first year USF physician’s assistant student Caroline Cubero at a back to school health clinic at Middleton High School in Tampa on July 31.
  7. In this Aug. 18 photo, an employee of a local funeral home covers the body of a COVID-19 patient patient who died as he prepares to take it away from a loading dock, at the Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport, La. COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have climbed to an average of more than 1,900 a day for the first time since early March, with experts saying the virus is preying largely on a select group: 71 million unvaccinated Americans.
  8. Patrons sit in outdoor seating during dinner at Wild Child restaurant on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020 in St. Petersburg.
  9. A member of the Philadelphia Fire Department prepares a dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in March at a vaccination site setup in Philadelphia.
  10. Abbott Laboratories BinaxNOW, an at-home-rapid-covid test, two-pack cost $23.99.
  11. A mobile clinic, provided by Los Angeles County Health, in partnership with the People Concern, is set up to test people for syphilis, hepatitis C and HIV at the intersection of 5th Street and Towne Avenue in downtown Los Angeles on Aug. 13.
  12. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor has been aggressive in her response to the coronavirus pandemic, earning praise from the medical community and public health officials, but angering some city employees and vaccine opponents who say she has gone too far.
  13. A  7-year-old boy reads the Black St. Pete Pledge during an August event at Lake Vista Recreation Center in St. Petersburg. The anti-gun violence pledge was created by Maress Scott, the father of Marquis Scott, who was shot and killed in the fall of 2019. The father has been asking community members to sign the pledge, which states: "I pledge not to murder another black person for the rest of this year. Instead of using a gun (or any other weapon), I will use my mind, my heart, and my mouth to solve any issues."
  14. Tampa General President and CEO John Couris speaks while Gov. Ron DeSantis listens during an August news conference at Tampa General Hospital and USF Health Morsani College of Medicine's Global Emerging Diseases Institute.
  15. Meta Konte, a 17-year-old North Providence High School student, watches closely as pharmacy technician Victoria Connolly administers Konte's first COVID-19 vaccine shot at the CVS on Manton Avenue in Providence on May 13. CVS Health Corp. announced Monday it’s hiring 25,000 clinical and retail workers to respond to demand for COVID-19 vaccinations and testing and an expected spike in the flu this fall and winter.
  16. COVID-related U.S. deaths as of Sunday night are at 673,763, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
  17. FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2020, file photo, a droplet falls from a syringe after a person was injected with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
  18. President Joe Biden leaves St. Edmund Roman Catholic Church in Rehoboth Beach, Del., after attending a Mass on Saturday.
  19. Diners relax under the lights at Wine Garden, a restaurant and bar in Fort Lauderdale's North Beach Village.
  20. A dentist smooths out the edges of new 3D printed dentures in 2019 in Huntsville, Texas. Dental work for Medicare recipients, an end to sky’s-the-limit pricing on prescription drugs and coverage for low-income people locked out of Medicaid because of political battles are just some of the changes to health care that Democrats want to achieve with President Joe Biden’s massive “Build Back Better” plan.
  21. A health worker administers a dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination clinic at the Reading Area Community College in Reading, Pa. on Sept. 14.
  22. A health worker administers a dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination clinic Tuesday at the Reading Area Community College in Reading, Pa. A key government advisory panel overwhelmingly rejected Biden's plan to give COVID-19 booster shots across the board and instead recommended the extra vaccine dose only for those who are 65 or older or run a high risk of severe disease.
  23. Florida's weekly coronavirus numbers.
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