The money, once allocated, would go toward Covid vaccine supply and coronavirus testing.
“If Congress doesn’t step up and fund these, I think, urgent and emergent priorities … they can’t wait until the fall, it will be too late,” Jha said.
And the proof is in the jab. With cases increasing in the Northeast, deaths remain low because of high vaccination rates.
“That’s not true for the whole country,” Jha said.
With enough resources to get more people vaccinated and more therapeutics in place, he said, “I do think we can get through this winter without a lot of suffering and death.”