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Dr Jha urges Congress to fund ‘next generation’ of COVID vaccines for possible fall surge

Biden’s COVID-19 response coordinator spoke about pandemic planning on “This Week.”

The Biden administration is anticipating a likely surge of COVID-19 infections this fall and winter by ensuring both a “next generation” of vaccines and access to treatment and testing, the response coordinator said on Sunday. White House COVID-19 Dr. Ashish Jha – but he stressed the plan was dependent on funding from Congress.

“And we have the resources,” said Jha, ABC’s “This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz. “One of the reasons I’ve been talking a lot about the need for Congress to step up and fund this effort is if they don’t, Martha, we’re going into the fall and winter without this next generation. vaccines, without treatments or diagnostics. This is going to make it much, much harder for us to care for and protect Americans.”

Jha urged lawmakers to approve President Joe Biden’s request for an additional $22.5 billion in COVID funding, warning that the nation has spent nearly all of the money dedicated to the pandemic in the US bailout of $1.9 trillion.

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