White House COVID-19 response team talks ‘state of the pandemic’

May 20, 2022

The White House COVID-19 response team, including Mr. Ashish Jha, Dr. Rochelle Walensky and Dr. Tony Fauci, have met to discuss the current state of the pandemic.

With over 200 million Americans vaccinated and more than 100 million boosted, the U.S. presently has a good amount of immunity in their population. However, dependent upon which tracker is used, the country is still sustaining roughly 100,000 infections every day. And, due to the large quantity of people using home testing, that number is likely substantially higher.

The primary force behind those numbers are the incredibly contagious subvariants. 

The U.S. needs to continue to do everything possible to prevent and fight infections as well as to detect the emergence of new variants. In addition, the country needs to see things with a global focus regarding this pandemic.

The administration has launched a third round of tests that are attainable at COVIDTests.gov.  Roughly eight and a half million households across the country have ordered that next round of tests. In addition, there are now eight tests available per order. 

There needs to be continued focus on Congress ensuring that the country has the resources needed to continue to protect the American people, including masking, testing, vaccinations, therapeutics, ventilation, and filtration.

And while deaths do remain low, we are still seeing a tragic seven-day average of daily deaths at about 275 per day.

White House release