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Over 4 million Americans administered updated COVID boosters, says CDC

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Sept 23 (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday that 4.4 million people had received updated COVID-19 booster shots, a few weeks into the government's new vaccination campaign.

The United States began its rollout of the Omicron-tailored shots from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna earlier this month.

A federal health agency said on Tuesday that over 25 million doses of the so-called bivalent shots had been sent out. That consisted of mostly the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, as production of the Moderna vaccine ramps up.

The redesigned boosters aim to tackle the BA.5 and BA.4 Omicron subvariants, which make up 84.8% and 1.8%, respectively, of all circulating variants in the United States, based on latest data. (Reporting by Manas Mishra in Bengaluru; editing by Uttaresh.V)