Friday, March 31

Biden administration seeks $30 bln more from Congress to fight COVID-19 -sources

Article content

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is seeking $30 billion in additional funds from Congress to fight the COVID-19 pandemic to bolster vaccines, treatments, testing supply and research, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Administration officials and congressional staff have been in talks about the issue, a Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday.

“HHS leaders regularly engage with Congress about COVID resources, and in a Tuesday conversation with congressional staff, HHS discussed the status of COVID response funds as well as the need for additional resources to support securing more life-saving treatments and vaccines, sustaining testing capacity , and investing in research and development of next-generation vaccines,” the spokesperson said. (Reporting by Jeff Mason, Marisa Taylor and Jarrett Renshaw; Editing by Leslie Adler)