Dr. Fauci’s Plea: “We Really Do Need Money” from Congress to Fight the New COVID Variant


    Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Thursday on CNN's “The Lead” that the Biden Administration needs more Congressional funding to combat the evolving BA.2 variant of COVID-19, which he predicted could lead to a rise in cases within the week.

    Anchor Jake Tapper said, “Congress just left town without approving new funding for [the] COVID response. It is a Democratically controlled Congress. Are you worried about running into problems with testing and booster supplies?”

    Fauci stated, “Oh definitely, Jake. We really do need money. It is not just talk saying we need it. Over a period of time between now and the next several months, things are going to run out. What will run out is tests will run out, the antibodies will run out, the antivirals will run out. The studies that we're doing to determine the best approach toward the next level of boosting, we don't have the money for. So these are things we really need to take…seriously. I would hope the Congress, which up to this point has been very generous with supporting what we need and supporting it well. But now is not the time to stop that. We really do need to get the money that has been requested. I do hope that comes through.”


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