The US government will invest in developing Covid-19 vaccines and treatments to tackle new variants of the virus after its pandemic emergency powers end, the White House’s coronavirus coordinator said.
Dr. Ashish Jha said the federal government will still track infections by testing wastewater and monitoring hospital admissions for coronavirus. President Joe Biden will also push Congress for more funding to create new therapies, though lawmakers have declined over the last two years to fulfill that request.
“The end of the public health emergency obviously marks a transition,” Jha said. “But our commitment to protecting Americans has not changed.”