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COVID vaccines

India begins rolling out booster doses for vulnerable people

Move comes amid alarming rise in daily COVID cases

School girls receive COVID-19 jabs during a vaccination drive for children aged 15-18 in Ahmedabad, India, Jan. 4.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- India on Monday launched booster COVID-19 shots for health care and frontline workers such as doctors and police, as well as elderly people who suffer from chronic ailments like diabetes, as it battles a renewed surge in cases amid the rapid spread of the omicron variant.

With the move, India joins nations including the U.S., the U.K., Russia and the United Arab Emirates that have started administering third vaccine doses.

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