It comes as cases are rising nationwide
, something officials were expected to detail during the briefing
. US Covid-19 deaths recently exceeded
1 miljoen, a milestone marked by President Joe Biden last week.
The Biden administration requested $ 22.5 billion in additional funding for US Covid response, but that bill faces an uncertain path forward in Congress.
Daar was “preliminary conversations” with vaccine manufacturers, Het Jha gesê, but negotiations have not yet begun without the additional funding resources from Congress.
“Every day we wait, every week we wait, we just fall a little further behind in line,” Het Jha gesê, adding that the administration is “very committed” to finding resources from other programs to pay for at least some of these updated vaccines.
“I think if Congress abdicate its responsibilities, it is not acceptable for us in the administration to go into the fall and winter with zero vaccines. I am confident we will find money to be able to get some Americans vaccinated, maybe just the highest risk, ons weet nie, but these are not decisions we want to be having to make. We want Congress to step up,” hy het gesê.
Jha also said that amper 8.5 million US households have ordered rapid tests for Covid-19 in the first few days after the federal government made a third round of free tests available earlier this week
. There are approximately
122.3 million households in the US
, according to the US Census bureau
Rapid tests, Jha told reporters, is 'n “very effective way” to reduce the virus’ versprei. Jha characterized the demand since Monday as “indrukwekkend,” although the 8 million households represents only a small fraction of total US households. When the White House announced the new round of tests earlier this week, dit het gesê 350 million free tests had been shipped to US households to date.
The government first launched the webwerf to allow for the order of free tests in January
. Americans were able to order their second round of tests in March
. During both rounds
, people could order a maximum of four tests per household
. This third round doubles that
These tests were paid for by the Covid-19 relief bill passed by Congress last year.