CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) – Congress failed to pass coronavirus funding in its latest law on public spending. Now the White House warns that next week it will have to withdraw to cover COVID-19 tests, vaccines and treatment.
UVA Health doctors say this could hurt us along the way.
“The idea of living with covid I think is really based on the idea that we can get a lot of people vaccinated, a lot of people tested, and then people treated if they need that treatment,” Dr. Patrick Jackson of UVA Health said Thursday, March 17th.
Lack of COVID-19 funding can be difficult, especially for the uninsured.
“The important thing is that these treatments can make a big difference and the results, especially for the most vulnerable people, but the treatments are only effective given very early after the onset of symptoms,” said Dr. Jackson.
If funding does not come through and supplies are lacking, providers may find themselves between health and healthcare.
“We’ll have to make some difficult choices about who can access these drugs,” Jackson said.
Congress has tried to get more COVID-19 funding passed, but has encountered some difficulties.
“We have to do it because we certainly can not take it for granted that it is all in the rearview mirror,” said U.S. Senator Tim Kaine.
Late. Kaine says Congress is trying to provide more corona aid, but not everyone can agree on how much.
“We want to provide funding, we are ready to provide funding, we just want some answers about what our stock of vaccines is? What is our stock of tests? What is our stock of treatments?” said the senator.
Dr. Jackson says funding is also important for future research.
“If we have to cut back on clinical trials, it means more delays in finding better treatments for COVID-19, and that can really set us back significantly,” the doctor said.
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