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White House Unveils New Covid Roadmap in Sign of Plunging Risk

  • Preparedness plan comes as Biden signals return to normal
  • Administration asking Congress for funds; won’t say how much
Healthcare workers inside a test room at a Covid-19 drive-thru testing site in Sumter, South Carolina.
Healthcare workers inside a test room at a Covid-19 drive-thru testing site in Sumter, South Carolina.Photographer: Micah Green/Bloomberg

The White House will expand access to Covid-19 treatments and research into the long-term effects of the virus, part of a new U.S. roadmap for a return to normal society.

Health officials offered more details on the administration’s National Covid-19 Preparedness Plan at an event Wednesday, the first press briefing that saw Biden’s senior health aides gather maskless, in-person and sitting side-by-side in a symbolic nod to diminishing risks. The plan will require near- and long-term funding, the officials said, without specifying amounts.