Biden is asking for another $22 billion because of a possible new wave of coronavirus
The White House has asked Congress for an additional $22.4 billion to maintain the corona testing and vaccination programs it deems necessary.
They warn that “difficult compromises” will have to be made due to the potential arrival of a new wave of covid-19 in the fall.
The request came at a time when health authorities, who on Thursday recommended new versions of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines against covid-19, are preparing a new campaign for booster doses.
It is not certain that Congress will agree to President Joe Biden’s demands since the lawmakers have already approved a lot of funds for the pandemic and because they are increasingly being determined along party lines ahead of the mid-term elections in November.
A previous request for additional funds was still blocked and the government had to take funds intended for urgent needs to respond to even more urgent needs, according to a memo from the administration.
The free home delivery program has also been suspended due to lack of funds.
The government has more available tests in reserve, but not enough if there is another spike in infections this fall, a government official said in a news briefing.
Source: BIZlife by bizlife.rs.
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