We are grateful for the Senate’s work on a bipartisan plan to help meet some of the country’s COVID-19 response needs.  The Administration requested $22.5 billion to continue to provide critical protections like vaccines, boosters, treatments, and tests to people here at home and for help putting shots in arms around the world. Every dollar we requested is essential and we will continue to work with Congress to get all of the funding we need. But time is of the essence.  We urge Congress to move promptly on this $10 billion package because it can begin to fund the most immediate needs, as we currently run the risk of not having some critical tools like treatments and tests starting in May and June.  We will continue to work with Congress to fund our remaining domestic needs and will work with Senators Schumer and Romney – and others — to build bipartisan support for a package to fund our global COVID-19 response.  We must continue our work to vaccinate the world both because it is the right thing to do, and also, because as it is critical to reducing the risk of new variants, which in turn is critical to the safety of the American people.

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