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    COVID-19 booster shots for the vaccinated: 8 things you need to know

    Health officials are recommending US adults get a booster shot starting this fall. Sarah Tew/CNET For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO and CDC websites. Though the plan for COVID-19 booster shots still needs to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, those third jabs are coming. And they’re not just for people with compromised immune systems. On Aug. 19, the Biden administration announced it’s recommending that adults fully vaccinated with the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine get a third shot as a booster. The shots will start to be made available next month.  The booster will provide added protection to the fully…

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    Refinance rates on Aug. 12, 2021: Rates climb higher

    Bruce Bisping/Getty Images Today, several major refinance rates rose. Both 15- and 30 year fixed refinance rates climbed, while 10-year fixed refinance rates also increased. Although refinance rates always fluctuate, they’re currently at record lows. If you’re considering refinancing, now could be the right time to lock in a low fixed rate. Before refinancing, always review your personal finances and compare offers from multiple lenders to find the right refinance mortgage for your needs. 30-year fixed refinance rates The average 30-year fixed refinance rate right now is 3.04%, an increase of 10 basis points compared to one week ago. (A basis point is equivalent to 0.01%.) One reason to refinance…

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    COVID variant fears spur booster shot plans around the world. Here’s the latest update

    Medical studies say that vaccines still provide robust protection against the most dangerous effects of COVID-19 and its variants.  Sara Tew/CNET For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO and CDC websites. A new analysis published by the UK government’s scientific advisory group says it’s “almost inevitable” a COVID-19 variant will emerge that can resist vaccines, CNN reported Sunday. The analysis is theoretical in nature and has not been peer-reviewed. But it speaks to the deep chasm between those who have and have not received the COVID-19 vaccine, and fuels questions about what governments, public health organizations and vaccine-makers will do next to keep new cases…