Contrary to popular belief, the COVID-19 pandemic is not over just yet. As reported by The Washington Post, the Biden-Harris administration is expecting as many as 100 million more COVID-19 infections to be recorded this fall and winter.
“The projection of 100 million potential infections is an estimate based on a range of outside models that are being closely tracked by the administration and would include both the fall and winter,” a Biden-Harris administration official reportedly told CNN.
“This estimate is based on an underlying assumption of no additional resources or extra mitigation measures being taken, including new Covid-19 funding from Congress, or dramatic new variants,” the report adds.
Reports of a potential uptick in COVID-19 cases come as President Joe Biden pushes for additional COVID-19 relief funding. Initially, the President requested upwards of $20 billion in funding through a government spending package. Ultimately, both parties reached a preliminary agreement on a smaller package of $10 billion, but Congress left Washington in April without officially passing the bipartisan agreement.