GOP Gridlock Could Delay Essential COVID Funds Until Fall Or Even Later

The Biden administration says the United States is headed for “a lot of unnecessary loss of life,” if Congress fails to provide billions more to prepare for the Coronavirus pandemic’s inevitable next wave. But thanks to Republican obstruction, those funds are now being held hostage as part of the intentional gridlock during the midterm election cycle that’s stalled or killed a host of Democratic priorities.

President Joe Biden’s appeal for funds for vaccines, testing, and treatments has hit opposition from Congressional Republicans, who’ve added additional obstruction to the fight by including the politics of immigration in connection with COVID funding. 

Administration officials say they’re running low on money to stock up on, or even begin to order, the latest vaccines, tests, and treatments. Also lacking are funds to reimburse doctors treating uninsured patients and to help poor countries control the pandemic. 


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