Some areas of pandemic control have been threatened by Congress
A number of efforts to control the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in the United States and abroad, including Washington’s donation of vaccines to underdeveloped countries, have been threatened by the U.S. legislature’s refusal to provide the funding requested by President Joe Biden’s administration for these purposes.
“The U.S. Congress has not provided us with the funding we need to continue to respond to the spread of COVID-19 and minimize the impact of the pandemic on the country and our economy,” the document states. It specifies that “without funding, the U.S. will not have sufficient supplies” of doses of coronavirus drugs for large-scale revaccination, if needed. In addition, “the federal government is unable to fund additional courses of treatment with monoclonal antibody therapies,” and stocks of appropriate drugs to provide to U.S. states in need will run out in May.
The U.S. administration would not be able to “procure sufficient medications for those with compromised immune systems” and maintain the current rate of covid testing over the past 14 months, and specialized agencies of the U.S. government would have to “reduce vaccination efforts in various locations around the globe.”
The executive branch of the U.S. government requested $22.5 billion in additional funding for the pandemic, and Congress responded by denying it.