The White House Cannot Afford Extra Vaccines Doses

Cadrene Heslop

White House officials have been on a spending spree since the pandemic began. But it seems this behavior is coming to an end. Many had hoped for a fourth stimulus check, but no plans are underway yet.
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Amidst the rise in gas and food prices in the United States, Americans face a new wave of corona cases. Warnings from officials increase as COVID-19 has the potential to resurge. This news comes as testing sites close. More people use at-home-test kits, and access to public data falls.

"Comprehensive case data is critical to an effective response. As we have seen throughout the pandemic, lack of data leads to poor decision making and ultimately costs lives." - Dr. John Brownstein, an epidemiologist at Boston Children's Hospital and an ABC News contributor.

The CDC now uses wastewater surveillance as a critical monitoring metric. The results suggest COVID-19 infection rates might be higher than initially thought. There is a recent discovery uptick of the COVID virus in several wastewater sites. But the White House reports it has exhausted the funds necessary to buy the potential fourth vaccine doses for all Americans.

"Right now, we don't have enough money for fourth doses, if they're called for. We don't have the funding, if we were to need a variant-specific vaccine in the future." - White House coronavirus coordinator, Jeff Zients, in a forthcoming episode of In The Bubble with Andy Slavitt.
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Health officials have not yet decided if a fourth shot is necessary. But administration officials prefer to order extra doses ahead of time than wait for numbers to rise. Yet, there is not enough money.

"Ninety-three percent of the money that was allocated for covid response - direct covid response - has been spent." - White House coronavirus coordinator, Jeff Zients, in a forthcoming episode of In The Bubble with Andy Slavitt.

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