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Expanded eligibility boosts U.S. COVID-19 booster shots ahead of holidays

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Vials labelled “Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine” are seen in this illustration picture taken May 2, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

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Nov 25 (Reuters) – Millions of Americans got COVID-19 booster shots at a near record pace after the Biden administration expanded eligibility last week, but health officials concerned about climbing infections ahead of the winter holiday season urged more to get the additional protection.

About 37.5 million people had received a booster shot in the United States as of Tuesday, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“I think it is a good start,” said Dr. William Schaffner, a leading infectious disease expert from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, who added that he believed boosters are more important for personal protection than for curtailing spread of the virus.

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“I am hoping for much better. I would like to see all of that doubled very, very quickly,” he said of booster uptake.

U.S. regulators expanded eligibility for vaccine booster shots to all adults, allowing millions more Americans to get additional the protection amid a recent rise in infections, including among the fully vaccinated. read more

Previously, people age 65 and older and those at high risk of infection due to underlying health or employment conditions were eligible for the extra shots.

Just over six million people got an additional dose of one of the three approved COVID-19 vaccines last week, CDC data shows, the highest weekly total since boosters were first authorized, and an increase of over 15% from the previous week.

Over 130 million fully vaccinated adults in the United States are now eligible for the shots, at least six months after the second dose of the Pfizer (PFE.N)/BioNTech or Moderna (MRNA.O) vaccines or two months after receiving Johnson & Johnson’s (JNJ.N) one-dose vaccine.

More than a quarter of those now eligible have received boosters. Some experts felt previous booster shot eligibility requirements were too complicated and may have discouraged people from getting them, or that previous evidence for the extra shots was lacking.

“There is much better justification for boosters now than when the White House first promoted the idea (in August). They did create some mixed messages,” said Dr. William Moss, executive director of the International Vaccine Access Center at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “We are in a better place now.”

WANING IMMUNITY

Public officials, including CDC Director Rochelle Walensky and top infection disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, have for weeks been urging more Americans to opt for additional protection as they prepare to travel and gather with friends and family for this week’s U.S. Thanksgiving holiday.

After about two months of declining infections, the United States has reported daily increases for the past two weeks, driven by the more easily transmitted Delta variant of the virus and people spending more time indoors due to colder weather.

“We’d like to get as many people who were originally vaccinated with the first regimen boosted,” Fauci said on Tuesday in an interview for the upcoming Reuters Next conference.

He said the “overwhelming majority” of Americans who have been fully vaccinated should now receive a COVID-19 booster shot based on data showing they provide “substantial” protection beyond what is seen from the original inoculation. read more

Regulators backed the additional doses out of concerns over data showing immunity generated by the first shots wanes over time. Studies have shown that booster doses generate higher neutralizing antibody levels on average than the initial inoculations, and data from Pfizer suggests they can significantly reduce infections.

Some scientists believe boosters are unnecessary for many healthy adults, arguing that vaccinating the unvaccinated should be the priority.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has advised against countries making boosters available until more people around the world have received their primary doses.

But on Tuesday, the WHO’s Regional Director for Europe, Hans Kluge, urged Europeans to get booster doses if offered in the face of surging cases. The WHO said there could be a further 700,000 deaths by March if action is not taken. read more

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Reporting by Michael Erman in New Jersey and Ahmed Aboulenein in Washington; Editing by Bill Berkrot

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Where To Watch Aftermath on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Max?

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Where To Watch Aftermath on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Max?

Aftermath is based on a true story. Yes, it is based on a true story of a couple named Jerry Rice and Janice Ruhter. The couple bought a house in San Diego, California, when they had some marital problems and soon started discovering the history behind the house.

The film ‘Aftermath,’ a Netflix horror movie released on 4 August 2021on Netflix and movies, was not released theatrically. The movie’s story is based on the same story, and the plotline follows a young desperate married couple trying to save their marriage. They decide to move into their dream home, and soon the dream shatters, and they have to face the house’s troubled history.

Netflix: The movie is available on Netflix and exclusively released on the streaming platform. You can watch ‘Aftermath’ on Netflix either by subscription or availing of the 30-day free trial.

Amazon Prime, Hulu, and HBO Max: The movie ‘Aftermath’ is unavailable on any other streaming platform. The viewers can only watch it on the Netflix streaming platform. There’s no information on whether the movie will be available across different digital platforms like Amazon Prime, Hulu, and HBO Max.

The horror mystery movie ‘Aftermath’ is available exclusively on Netflix, and it is not available on any other streaming platform. The couple’s desperation to save their marriage, coupled with their prominent feeling of being stalked, makes the movie quite enjoyable. The pace of the film is adequate and can be enjoyed while watching.

The chilling plot of the movie keeps the viewers captivating till the very end. The movie’s final scene has kept people on the edge of their seats, and fans of the film keep wondering whether we’ll get a sequel or not. Only producers and time will tell.

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Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 8 Official Title, Key Visual, Release Date Revealed

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A new image from Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 8 teases a new journey for Tanjiro and Nezuko!

It’s finally time for the next Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Season 2 arc and that means a new mission for Tanjiro Kamado, his sister Nezuko, Zenitsu Agatsuma, and Inosuke Hashibira. So what can we expect in Yukaku-hen next week? The key visual for Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 8 teases a new journey for Tanjiro and Nezuko. In addition to that, the episode’s official title and release date have been revealed.

The key visual was shared by the official Demon Slayer Twitter account right after the latest episode concluded. The image features Tanjiro once again carrying Nezuko’s box and looking toward an unseen goal. Check it out below.

Although it is unclear what Tanjiro is looking at, there is a possibility that he is once again on the road and heading for an important location. Could this mean he is on his way to visit Rengoku Kyojuro’s family to share the messages the Flame Hashira left for his father and little brother?

The tweet also confirms that Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 8 will be titled Sound Hashira Tengen Uzui (“On Bashira Uzui Tengen”). This means we will immediately get to see Uzui drafting the young Demon Slayers for a new mission. However, it is still possible that Tanjiro will first visit Rengoku’s family where he could learn about an ancient technique similar to his own family’s Hinokami Kagura.

The latest episode of Demon Slayer Season 2 concluded the Mugen Train arc which ended with Rengoku’s death. Episode 8 is then set to kickstart the Entertainment District arc, which follows Uzui and the young Demon Slayers as they investigate a demon working as an oiran in the Yoshiwara red-light district.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Season 2 Episode 8 is titled Sound Hashira Tengen Uzui (“On Bashira Uzui Tengen”). The new episode will premiere on Sunday, December 5, 2021, at 11:15 PM JST.

Related: Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 7: Can Inosuke and Tanjiro Help Rengoku Defeat Akaza?

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