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President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa speaks via video link during the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York, on Thursday.
African leaders told the United Nations their countries have little access to the life-saving vaccines.
Federal advisers say they should be offered to people 65 and older, nursing home residents and ages 50 to 64 with health issues.
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.

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  1. Rufus Peoples receives his booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine during an Oakland County Health Department vaccination clinic at the Southfield Pavilion on August 24 in Southfield, Michigan.
  2. Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard hosts a recent event for the public to meet candidates for city manager. On Thursday, he said he hopes a positive test for COVID-19 will not cause him to miss any upcoming meetings.
  3. Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, called the director of Florida's medical marijuana program to testify at a hearing of the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021.
  4. In this Aug. 23 file photo, students sit in an algebra class at Barbara Coleman Senior High School on the first day of school, in Miami Lakes. Alachua County's school district is the first in Florida to receive a grant from President Joe Biden's administration to make up for state pay cuts imposed over a board's vote for a student anti-coronavirus mask mandate.
  5. Students arrive at Leto High for the first day of school in Hillsborough County last month. The Hillsborough school district, like others across Florida, will let parents decide whether to quarantine a child who was exposed to COVID-19 but has no symptoms.
  6. President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa speaks via video link during the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York, on Thursday.
  7. Soldiers at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, fill out their vaccination cards and paperwork in May before receiving the COVID-19 vaccination as part of the 3rd Medical Command's "Operation Med Spear. "
  8. Dr. Sharona Ross, a general surgeon, explains the new features of a robotic surgery operating room at the new Taneja Center for Surgery at AdventHealth. The new six-story, $256 million facility on E Fletcher Avenue will offer state-of-the-art facilities primed for robotic surgery.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Patrons sit in outdoor seating during dinner at Wild Child restaurant on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020 in St. Petersburg.
  17. 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.
  18. Abbott Laboratories BinaxNOW, an at-home-rapid-covid test, two-pack cost $23.99.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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."
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
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