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SUPPORT COVID FUNDING

IN THE DECEMBER BUDGET BILL

IT IS A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH

On September 30th, 2022, Congress passed a continuing resolution to fund the federal government through December 16th. In December, there will be a new vote on federal funding for the fiscal year 2023.

There is no funding for Covid or Monkeypox in the current budget bill. This is a betrayal of global health and a disgrace to the American people. It is vital that funding for Covid and Monkeypox is included in the upcoming December bill.

One million Americans just got killed by COVID.  Every week the virus kills more Americans than 9/11.

It is true that President Biden did ask for $18 billion to renew funding for COVID at home and $4 billion for global COVID in the last budget bill (even though it was not included). This should be the minimum amount of funding included in the upcoming bill.

Unfortunately, Biden has made little effort to fight for this.  Indeed, he actually undermined the whole project by making the totally false statement that the pandemic was "over" in an interview with 60 Minutes. The nightmare is far from over.

In spite of spending more on health "care" than anybody else in the world, America has had one of the highest COVID death rates per capita.

In other words, the system failed, and many are dead as a result.

Back in September 2021, President Biden ignored all global health experts and failed to propose renewed global funding for COVID, a truly shameful and insane moment in US history.

More disasters followed.  Biden did not make a serious effort to renew national COVID funding in the March 2022 budget bill.

If funding is not approved, there can be a total breakdown in the national response to COVID. What this means is that there will be a lack of testing, masks and medicine.

There are also very serious problems with Monkeypox. Monkeypox is overwhelming a broken system. Sexual health clinics are dangerously underfunded and at risk of closing. Venereal disease is also rising.

People should call their members of Congress and their Senators.  

Those who have contact with the White House, the House Leadership and the Senate Leadership should call and make sure that the COVID money is not dropped.  This is not open to compromise.

Call 202-224-3121 and ask for the right legislator.

NEWS STORIES ON COVID

Ending Free Covid Tests, US Policy Is Now “You Do You” (The Nation, 9-9-22)

'Blood On Your Hands' If Global Poor Hit With Covid Wave, WHO Official Tells Rich Nations (Common Dreams, 9-23-22)

Biden: ‘The pandemic is over’ (The Hill, 9-18-22)

White House $47B supplemental request seeks COVID, Ukraine funding (Rollcall, 9-2-22)

Days After Approving Another $3 Billion for Ukraine War, US Says No More Money for Free Covid Tests (Common Dreams, 8-29-22)

 

STATEMENTS RELEASED FROM THE WHITE HOUSE

Biden Administration Outlines Plan to Get Americans an Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Shot and Manage COVID-19 this Fall (The White House, 9-8-22)

Meeting Critical Needs for the American People in the New Fiscal Year (The White House | OMB, 9-2-22)

 

MONKEY POX

The superbugs are coming — oh wait, they’re here (Politico, 9-13-22)

Monkeypox: STD clinics struggle with surge in patients amid outbreak (CNBC, 8-6-22)

Fighting Monkeypox, Sexual Health Clinics Are Underfunded and Ill-Equipped (KHN, 7-19-22)

 

VENEREAL DISEASE

New data suggest STDs continued to increase during first year of the COVID-19 pandemic (CDC, 4-12-22)