Democrat President Joe Biden has revealed that he’s asked Congress for funding to develop a new Covid vaccine, asserting that “everybody” will take the shot.
Speaking to reporters, Biden said his administration will require all U.S. citizens to take the new shot, “no matter whether they’ve [been vaccinated] before or not.”
During his statement, Biden said that America needs a vaccine “that works.”
He responded by saying that he had “signed off this morning on a proposal we have to present to Congress a request for additional funding for a new vaccine that is necessary, that works,” according to the Associated Press.
“Tentatively it is recommended that it will likely be recommended everybody get it no matter whether they’ve gotten it before or not,” he added.
Joe Biden is talking about new scary Covid variants and setting aside money for another new vaccine “that works”. Why did all the other ones not work? Also suggesting everybody get it“no matter what you got before”. You can almost smell the vaccine passports coming back. pic.twitter.com/fa0XCBehMv
— Niall Boylan (@Niall_Boylan) August 26, 2023
However, the $40 million funding request the White House sent to Congress on August 11 does not mention the development of a new Covid vaccine.
Rather, it mentions more funding for Ukraine, U.S. disaster funds, and funding to improve enforcement on the U.S.-Mexico border in an effort to stifle the flow of fentanyl into the country.
In 2022, the Biden administration asked Congress for $9.25 billion to fight Covid.
However, lawmakers turned down the request due to the pandemic being over.
Officials are expecting the new Covid vaccine to contain one version of the omicron strain, known as XBB.1.5.
Currently, the vaccinations only include the original Covid strain and last year’s most common omicron variants.
The Associated Press reported that for the week ending July 29, hospitalizations due to COVID were at 9,056.
This represents an increase of about 12% from the week before.
However, the data doesn’t reveal whether patients were admitted to the hospital because of Covid or whether they tested positive for the virus while being hospitalized for something else.
As we saw through the pandemic, hospitalizations and deaths were recorded as being due to Covid whether or not it was the cause.
In one case, a person’s death was listed as Covid after they died in a motorcycle crash.
Nevertheless, hospitalizations have not reached anywhere close to what they were when the pandemic began in 2020.
At its peak, Covid was reportedly claimed to be responsible for 44,000 weekly hospital admissions in early January 2020.
I will oppose any effort by Biden to reimpose any COVID mandates on the American people. Biden's COVID response was an abuse of power fueled by lies. Never again.pic.twitter.com/oz77hVynAT
— Rep. Mary Miller (@RepMaryMiller) August 19, 2023
On Wednesday, Reuters reported that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the new BA.2.86 lineage of Covid could be more capable of working around those who have been vaccinated.
The CDC did not say if the recent variants of the illness would be more serious than those discovered in the past.
The agency said it was still tracking the highly mutated lineage, which has been detected in the U.S., Israel, and Denmark.
However, the agency noted that the spike in recent hospitalizations in the U.S. is not likely due to BA.2.86.
There has also been no increase in deaths, despite the claimed spike in cases.
Meanwhile, the Biden admin is increasing the pressure for Americans to get vaccinated.
Pfizer, Moderna, and Novavax are currently working on doses of the XBB update.
There is currently no timetable for when Biden’s new vaccine will be rolled out.