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from: ZIC MILLER, Associated Press

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WASHINGTON (AP) – White House Coordinator for COVID-19 Dr. Ashish Ja on Thursday issued a serious warning that the U.S. will be increasingly vulnerable to coronavirus this fall and winter if Congress soon does not approve new funding for more vaccines and treatments.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Ja said that Americans’ immune defenses against the virus are weakening, the virus is adapting to be more contagious, and most people will need additional doses – with the potential to boost protection against next-generation injections.

His warning came as the White House said there could be up to 100 million virus infections later this year – and when President Joe Biden gloomily ordered flags to be flown to mark 1 million deaths.

“As we approach the fall, we will all have a much greater vulnerability to the virus, which has a much more immune escape than even today and is definitely better than it was six months ago,” Ja said. “It makes many of us vulnerable.”

Ja predicted that next-generation vaccines, which are likely to target the currently dominant strain of omicron, “will provide a much, much higher degree of protection against the virus we will face in the fall and winter.” But he warned that the United States risks losing its seat in a number of other countries if Congress does not take action in the next few weeks.


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