Biden seeks $9.25 billion for COVID, $37.7 billion for Ukraine from congressional officials

Biden seeks $9.25 billion for COVID, $37.7 billion for Ukraine from congressional officials

WASHINGTON, Nov 15 (Reuters) – The Biden administration is asking Congress for $9.25 billion to fight COVID-19 and another $37.7 billion to support Ukraine in its war against Russia as part of request for additional funding, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

The administration is also asking for $750 million to fight other infectious diseases and will seek additional funds for natural disaster relief, officials said.

“Congress has an opportunity and an obligation to address three additional and critical funding needs that should merit bipartisan support: protecting the American people from COVID-19 and saving lives around the world; supporting the people of Ukraine; and help communities across the country recover from devastating natural disasters,” White House Budget Director Shalanda Young said in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. .

White House officials said the administration will focus on funding the government and the US response to COVID, as well as confirming judges during the so-called “lame duck” period until the end of this year.

Biden officials have been asking Congress for more money to fight COVID for some time without success.

The new funds would be used to prepare for a possible winter surge in cases, “facilitate the path to commercialization of vaccines and therapies”, accelerate research and treatment of long COVID and develop new vaccines and treatments, said the White House. Of the $9.25 billion, $1 billion would go to fighting the virus around the world.

Ukraine’s funding for the duration of the exercise will go towards defense equipment, humanitarian assistance and nuclear security support, the White House said.

Reporting by Jeff Mason and Doina Chiacu; edited by Jonathan Oatis

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