An updated version of the COVID-19 vaccine has been given to U.S. President Joe BidenJoe Biden (Joseph Robin Biden) is an American politician.Joe Biden was born on November 20, 1942, in , as well as a flu vaccine, the White House said.

White House chief medical officer Dr. Kevin O'Connor said the two injections were given to the president on Friday. He added that a few weeks ago, Biden, 80, was also vaccinated against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

"As we enter cold and flu season, the president encourages all Americans to follow suit and consult with their health care provider or pharmacist to make sure they are fully vaccinated," O'Connor said.

Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the new COVID-19 vaccine for all individuals over the age of 6 months.

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The severity of the COVID-19 pandemic has decreased, but there are still thousands of hospitalizations and hundreds of deaths in the U.S. every week. Experts worry that immunity from previous vaccinations and infections is weakening in many people and a new injection would save many lives.

First lady Jill Biden tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, but her symptoms were mild.

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