Fauci urges Congress to pass COVID funding in case of new surge

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NIAID Director Anthony Fauci said on Sunday he hopes Congress will “go through” with additional funding for COVID-19 as the United States faces the possibility of another surge.

The big picture: Omicron’s highly transmissible BA.2 subvariant is currently the dominant variant of COVID-19 in the United States, according to Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Washington was hit with a number of high-profile cases of COVID-19 this week after the Gridiron dinner. At least 67 dinner guests have tested positive, including Attorney General Merrick Garland, according to the Washington Post.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also tested positive.

What they say : “I hope Congress will step through and give us the resources so that as we go into what could be another wave, we are prepared with all the tools we need to deal with it,” Fauci said. on ABC’s “This Week.”

  • He told ABC correspondent Jonathan Karl: “If we don’t get that support Jon, we’re not going to be ready for that.”

Driving the news: After COVID-19 funding was excluded from the omnibus spending bill, senators announced on Monday that they had reached agreement on a $10 billion bipartisan COVID package.

  • However, the funding measure could be pushed back later in the month due to a fight over immigration policy.
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