U.S. health officials after meeting with vaccine maker Pfizer reiterated on Monday that Americans who have been fully vaccinated do not need to get a booster shot for COVID-19, this according to a spokesperson for the Health and Human Services Department.
Pfizer said last week it planned to ask U.S. regulators to authorize a booster dose of its COVID-19 vaccine based on evidence of greater risk of infection six months after inoculation and the spread of the highly contagious delta variant.
U.S. President Joe Biden is calling on Haiti's political leaders to come together for the good of their country. Biden said Monday during a White House meeting that the people of Haiti, quote, "deserve peace and security."
The president told reporters he is closely following developments in the Caribbean nation since President Jovenel Moise was assassinated last Wednesday. Moise was shot to death in his home in Port-au-Prince in the early morning hours of July 7th. His wife Martine Moise was seriously wounded in the attack. She has been taken to Miami, Florida, for treatment.
The White House says it has responded to Haiti's quest for help in the investigation by sending a team of officials from several U.S. agencies, including the National Security Council and the State Department. They arrived in Haiti on Sunday.
A spokeswoman for the National Security Council told VOA that the delegation has reviewed the security of critical infrastructure and met with the Haitian National Police who are leading the investigation.
Three Haitian Americans have been arrested in action with the assassination plot and the FBI has told VOA in an emailed statement that it "is currently engaging with the U.S. Embassy in Haiti" to determine how best to support the investigation effort.
At least 35 people have died in a fire in a COVID ward of a hospital in the southern a Iraqi city of Nasiriya on Monday. A spokesman for local health authorities told the French news agency that five people have been wounded, including two in critical condition. He said there are fears that more people are trapped inside the burning building and that the search for victims continues.
This is Iraq's second fire in a COVID ward this year. In April, a fire at a Baghdad COVID-19 hospital killed 82 people and injured 110. That fire was sparked by the explosion of a couple of oxygen tanks. Iraq's health minister resigned after the April fire.