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Biden Admin Plans to Stop Paying for COVID Vaccines, Tests and Treatments

HeadlineAug 19, 2022

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is announcing a sweeping reorganization of her agency. Dr. Rochelle Walensky acknowledged failures in the CDC’s response to COVID-19 and promised better communication with researchers and the public. This week the Biden administration signaled it will stop buying COVID-19 vaccines, treatments and tests as early as this fall. White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha spoke at an event sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Dr. Ashish Jha: “Getting us out of that acute emergency phase, where the U.S. government is buying the vaccines, buying the treatments, buying the diagnostic tests — we need to get out of that business over the long run. And so, my hope is that in 2023 you’re going to see the commercialization of almost all of these products. Some of it is actually going to begin this fall.”

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