Still, $5 billion in funding for global vaccination aid was stripped from American lawmakers’ latest proposal on the package in an effort to appease Republicans’ spending concerns.
Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the majority leader, has said he was planning for future negotiations on another package that could include the global vaccination aid.
Mr. Schumer said President Biden supported the $10 billion deal — as do several other Democrats — given the pressing need to approve domestic aid. Without it, the White House has said, the United States could run out of Covid-19 treatments and coronavirus tests starting in May, just as the national rolling average of new cases has begun to trend upward. As of Sunday, an average of more than 37,000 new cases were being identified each day in the United States, an increase of 39 percent from two weeks ago, according to a New York Times database.
It remains unclear when a vote on the stalled aid package might take place. Dr. Ashish K. Jha, the new White House Covid-19 response coordinator, on Sunday urged lawmakers to return to the matter right away.
“Let me be very clear on why we need the money,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.” “We’re going to have a new generation of vaccines — my hope is, in the fall. There are a lot of really promising treatments coming down the pipe. None of those things are going to be available for the American people if Congress does not step up and fund these efforts.”