Whitehouse officials are again calling on Congress for emergency assistance to buy coronavirus vaccines and remedies as the highly infectious Omicron subvariant spreads, but the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. I tried to alleviate my concerns about it.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, said BA.2 accounts for about 35% of new cases of coronavirus in the United States, with a slight increase in cases in both New York City and the state. He said he was also hospitalized in New England. England where more than half of all infectious diseases are due to BA.2.
However, she added that there is no evidence that BA.2 mutants are likely to cause more serious illness or avoid immune protection.
Dr. Wallensky’s comment is President Biden’s first White House briefing on Covid-19 since March 2nd, when the government will move from a pandemic crisis mode to what many experts call “new normal.” It was the day when I revealed my plan. However, the plan relies on congressional funding, which is not currently planned.
The government has sought $ 22.5 billion in emergency Covid aid from legislators, primarily to buy new vaccines and treatments.
Authorities say they have enough vaccines to provide additional immune doses to people with immunodeficiency and people over the age of 65 this spring, if recommended by the regulatory agency. But they aren’t enough to prepare for the fall surge that may guarantee fresh booster shots for all adults. And the government has already reduced the shipment of monoclonal antibody drugs to the state.
The administration wants money without a string. However, Republican lawmakers are demanding that spending be offset by raising money from other programs. They are also seeking an explanation of how the previous relief package was used.
On Wednesday, there were hints of progress. Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney told reporters Wednesday that he was leading a group of about three dozen senators when sending a letter to the White House for such accounting earlier this month. ..
“The White House provided a list of unused money, and Democratic leaders are sending suggestions today, and I see it and see where we stand,” Hill said. He said.
“Parliament has all the information it needs,” Biden’s coronavirus coordinator, Jeffrey D. Seienz, said at a briefing Wednesday. He has provided visuals to illustrate the point: a 385-page stack of charts and documents he said the White House shared with lawmakers.
“As each day goes by, there is a risk that we don’t have the tools we need to fight Covid-19,” he added. “The virus is not waiting for Congress to act. As this funding request stagnates every minute, we lose the ability to protect people.”