Biden received a second booster shot and marked “new moment” in pandemic. Much of the visit was focused on coordinating action between state, local, and federal officials to combat possible future outbreaks.

“Who pays for the second booster shot?” is a question that has been asked by many people. The “new moment” in the pandemic was marked with Biden receiving his second booster shot.

Washington, DC – President Biden declared on Wednesday that the COVID-19 epidemic has reached a “new moment” in the United States since the country now has the resources to safeguard its citizens and the virus “no longer dictates our lives.” 

Mr. Biden, 78, had his second COVID-19 booster injection on camera on Wednesday, a day after the FDA approved a fresh round of Moderna and Pfizer vaccine doses for Americans over 50. The president is one among the 34 million Americans who are now eligible for a second booster injection after receiving his first booster in September.

Mr. Biden received the injection after giving an update on the pandemic’s status and announcing the launch of COVID.gov, a new website designed to assist Americans find information on vaccinations, treatments, and case counts in their area. The website, according to the president, is a “one-stop-shop” for COVID-19-related issues in the United States. 

“We’ve entered a new phase in this epidemic as a result of the strategy we implemented over the last year on vaccines, testing cures, and more,” the president remarked on Wednesday. “This does not imply that COVID-19 is finished. COVID-19 no longer has power over our life, that’s all it means.” 

U.S. President Biden receives second coronavirus (COVID-19) booster shot at the White House in Washington After making comments on COVID-19 at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building’s South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington, D.C., on March 30, 2022, US President Joe Biden gets a second coranavirus disease (COVID-19) booster vaccine. REUTERS / KEVIN LAMARQUE

The president also mentioned the administration’s “test-to-treat” project, which he unveiled in his State of the Union address and has already grown to over 2,000 locations around the country. The purpose of the initiative is to have Americans tested and, if they are positive and need treatment, to assist them in getting a prescription filled in the same place. 

The president also encouraged Congress to approve fresh COVID-19 vaccination and treatment funds. The government has been telling Congress that the United States would not have enough vaccinations or financing for a fourth injection for all Americans. The government has requested $30 billion from Congress. The president cautioned that the United States would be unable to maintain its testing capacity beyond June, leaving the nation susceptible to another wave of the virus. 

Mr. Biden said on Wednesday, “We’re already witnessing the repercussions of legislative inactivity.” “Monoclonal antibodies, for example, are a kind of antibody. They’ve aided in the saving of lives. This isn’t a political issue; it’s a medical one. However, Congress has not appropriated sufficient funds to continue acquiring monoclonal antibodies. We’ve had to cancel orders and reduce the amount of product we’re exporting to the United States. We’ll run out of them by the end of May if we don’t get additional cash.” 

Since the beginning of the epidemic, more than 975,000 Americans have died of COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Over the previous month, hospitalizations and fatalities have been on the decline. According to the CDC, about 70% of Americans aged 5 and up are completely vaccinated, while 89 percent of Americans aged 65 and above are fully vaccinated. However, the majority of individuals in the United States have yet to obtain a booster injection.

This article was written with the help of Alex Tin.

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Watson, Kathryn is a politics reporter for CBS News Digital based in Washington, D.C.

The “covid crisis update” is a report from the Vice President Joe Biden on how the United States plans to combat the pandemic. The Vice President also discusses what he believes will be “a new moment” in the fight against this virus.

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