White House: Without funding US will lose COVID treatments

  • President Joe Biden arrives at the White House in Washington, Monday, April 25, 2022, after spending the weekend in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

  • A motorcade with President Joe Biden arrives at the White House in Washington, Monday, April 25, 2022, after Biden spent the weekend in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

  • White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks at a press briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, April 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON (AP) — After two years at the front of the line for COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, the U.S. could soon have to begin taking a number. The White House is warning that other countries are already moving ahead of the U.S. in putting in their advance orders for the next generation of therapies. The problem is lack of funding. Many in Congress are willing to vote for the billions now needed. But Senate Republicans are demanding that as part of the deal Democrats must agree to extend pandemic-related, Trump-era border restrictions. Unless Congress can break that impasse, the White House says, more Americans will get COVID and die.