The Joe Biden government has issued a fresh warning that the United States could potentially record 100 million COVID-19 infections this winter after the officials stressed the need for more funding from Congress to prepare the nation.
The projection of 100 million potential infections is made based on outside models that are being closely tracked by the administration, a senior White House was quoted as saying the CNN.
The 100 people estimate was first reports by The Washington Post.
The officials said that the numbers are estimated based on an underlying assumption of no additional resources are being taken, including new COVID-19 funding from Congress, or dramatic new variants.
The White House has disclosed the numbers as officials renew their push to get Congress to approve additional funding to combat the virus and as the US on Wednesday recorded 1 million deaths from COVID-19.
There is a demand for an additional funding to continue the fight against COVIS-19, even if the pandemic situation eased across the country.
Meanwhile, Biden administration sought $22.5 billion in supplemental COVD-19 relief funding in March in a massive government funding package but it was stripped from the bill.
The request included funding for testing, treatments, therapeutics and preventing future outbreaks. Negotiators were able to reach an agreement on a scaled-back $10 billion package, but Congress left Washington in April without passing that bipartisan bill amid a disagreement over the Title 42 immigration policy — a pandemic-era rule that allowed migrants to be returned immediately to their home countries, citing a public health emergency.
While deaths from COVID-19 have slowed in recent weeks, about 360 people have still been dying every day. The casualty count is far higher than what most people could have imagined in the early days of the pandemic, particularly because then-President Donald Trump repeatedly downplayed the virus while in office.