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- Covid-19 could infect another 100 million Americans this fall and winter, a WaPo official said.
- A $ 10 billion Covid-19 bill on vaccines and treatments has been in Congress for a month.
- The U.S. has reported 1 million deaths from Covid-19, with more than 24 million suffering from long-term Covid.
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U.S. President Joe Biden is urging U.S. lawmakers to allocate $ 10 billion in new Covid-19 funding as data suggests there may be 100 million infections in the fall and winter.
The Washington Post reported a press briefing by a senior White House official on Friday who tried to highlight the external risks of “inaction” as falling immunity and declining vaccine effectiveness leave the U.S. exposed to a record wave.
A senior administrative official told CNN that the assessment was based on the underlying assumption that there were no additional resources or additional mitigation measures, including new funding from Congress or dramatic new options. The White House did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment, made outside of normal business hours.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 81 million infections were reported during the pandemic.
The White House is working to increase U.S. preparedness for a new wave of Covid-19 infections by purchasing vaccines and therapies, as well as increasing testing capacity.
Initially, in March, the Biden administration asked for $ 22.5 billion, warning that “inaction will push us back in this fight, leave us less prepared and cost us more lives.”
This was reduced to a $ 10 billion bipartisan bill that was considered by Congress last month as an attempt to expand former President Trump’s immigration reforms.
In response to the April 6 blockade, spokeswoman Jen Psaki accused some members of Congress of “circumventing their responsibility to the American people.”
“The virus is not waiting for Republicans in Congress to come together,” Psaki said. “We know BA.2 is here.”
She added: “We know it’s spreading more. We know it’s leading to an increase in cases, and we know we’re already seeing an impact on our resources.”
According to the CDC, nearly 1 million Americans have died from Covid-19. The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation estimates that 80 million Americans have been cured of the virus, while more than 24 million are estimated to suffer from “Long Kovid.”