A White House official told CNN on condition of anonymity that the Biden administration is not getting enough money from Congress for all of its COVID-19 response plans and that it wants to preserve its stockpile of tests to deal with any surge in cases this fall. If Congress allocates more COVID-19 funding, the White House will restart the program, the official said.
Separately, the Biden administration also plans to stop paying for COVID-19 vaccines and treatments and shift responsibility to health insurers and individuals.
For the past two years, COVID-19 has been an outlier in the U.S. health system — tests, treatments and vaccines for the disease are provided for free through centralized government programs. The opportunity is not perfect, and the system is still inconvenient, but programs like COVIDTests.gov are an example of when public health is seen as a true public good. Now, however, the disease is starting to feel like any other in America: an expensive, personal problem.