Biden: We Need More Money for the Second Pandemic
About 300 Americans die from COVID-19 every day
President Joe Biden warned Americans Thursday that there is going to be a second pandemic and we need to be ready.
Transcript from the White House
Well, we’ll get through at least this year. We do need more money. But we don’t just need more money for vaccines for children, eventually; we need more money to plan for the second pandemic.
There’s going to be another pandemic. We have to think ahead. And that’s not something the last outfit did very well. That’s something we’ve been doing fairly well. That’s why we need the money.
Thank you all very much.
Bloomberg reported last week that researchers believe that there is a 50/50 chance of another pandemic in the next 25 years. The report said that the Biden administration wants $88.2 billion in funding to adjust the pandemic preparedness in the U.S. to focus on a central White House response.
The plan is aimed at avoiding confusion that has plagued the U.S. pandemic response. The government would need to invest tens of billions of dollars to back the ideas in the new plan to strengthen U.S. biodefense, people familiar with the new plan told Bloomberg. 1
Americans are still getting infected with COVD. About 300 people in the United States are dying from the virus each day and the average number of new infections each day was over 100,000 since the end of May.
Nearly 86 million in the U.S. have been infected with the virus and over one million have died.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that children 6 months through 5 years of age are eligible for the Pfizer COVID-19 jab.
"This expands eligibility for vaccination to nearly 20 million additional children and means that all Americans ages 6 months and older are now eligible for vaccination," a statement said.
The New York Times reported that over two million children of ages 6 months to 4 years had been infected with the virus. Of those, 20,000 were hospitalized and 200 had died from the virus, which is a death rate of 0.01 percent.