President Biden says he has submitted a request to Congress for additional funding for a new coronavirus vaccine to combat the rise of new COVID cases.
Biden made the remarks in response to a reporter’s question about the “uptick of COVID cases and new variant” in Lake Tahoe on Friday.
“I signed off this morning on a proposal we have to present to the Congress, a request for additional funding for a new vaccine that is necessary, that works,” said Biden.
He continued: “Tentatively, not decided finally yet, tentatively, it is recommended that, it will likely be recommended everybody get it — no matter whether they got it before or not.”
Biden says he just "signed off" on a funding request for "a new [COVID] vaccine that is necessary that works" pic.twitter.com/PNhyFlwFrt
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The new vaccine differs from the so-called “combination” vaccines that mixed the COVID omicron strain with other variants from years past.
A new vaccine will be ready in record time in September to combat the new XBB and BA.2.86 COVID variants.
COVID hospital admissions jumped 14% last week, according to reports. That’s far lower than late July 2022 when there were 150,000 hospital admissions due to the omicron variant in January 2022.