White House prepares for 100 million COVID-19 infections in the US KXan 36 Daily News

The White House is preparing for 100 million Americans to contract COVID-19 during the new coronavirus wave this fall and winter, it said on Friday. The Hill senior government official. Unless Congress provides new funding, he said, there won’t be enough vaccines or treatments in the United States to protect all citizens of the country.

The official told a small group of reporters that the estimate was an average model developed by experts consulted by the administration. If a new strain of coronavirus spreads, experts predict that an estimated 130-140 million Americans could become infected, who were presumably infected with the omicron variant this winter, leading to a significant spike in deaths. The Biden administration argues that the new wave is not cause for panic, given that there are highly effective COVID-19 pills and shots in mass production.

US manufacturers are working on new versions of the vaccine, the so-called bivalent vaccine, that will target both the omicron variant and the parent strain. These new vaccines are expected to be ready by the fall, but the US won’t have enough money to buy them for all Americans unless Congress provides new funding, the administration says.

A senior administration official said the contingency plan is that if Congress doesn’t provide new funds, they will be diverted from spending to fund testing, new treatments, vaccine training for healthcare workers, and outreach. The White House has asked for $22.5 billion, although lawmakers are considering a smaller $10 billion. A shortage of rapid tests has also been a widespread problem during the coronavirus wave this winter. On Friday, an official warned that testing companies will lay off workers if they don’t have enough supply for the fall wave, unless the government intervenes with new funding.

Source: Российская Газета by rg.ru.

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