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US Looks for Programs to Cut to Pay for New Covid Vaccines

May 18, 2022, 5:05 PM

US pandemic response leaders are examining what programs or purchases can be sacrificed to buy a new generation of vaccines, President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 czar said, warning there won’t be enough for the broad American public without new funds from Congress.

Lawmakers have balked at the White House’s request for funds to order treatments, tests and vaccines -- including forthcoming shots designed to boost protection against omicron and its subvariants. The administration has steadily ratcheted up warnings that it will run out of supplies without a new cash infusion.

The administration is already in touch with vaccine makers about ...