The United State Agency for International Development's (USAID) Global Health Assistant Administrator Atul Gawande has warned that the funding for USAID's COVID-19 response will run out in just weeks unless Congress approves new funding. Gawande made his remarks at the health care summit held on Capitol Hill.
USAID has been asking for additional funds -- a minimum of US$5 billion -- since December 2021, but Congress has not approved any new funding. To date, the agency has assisted 120 countries and has provided almost US$10 billion in assistance. Gawande also said that the lack of funding will mean that the COVID task force will shut down in two months.