The White House will have to restrict the next generation of COVID-19 shots to the Americans at highest risk for severe disease if Congress doesn’t pass a new Coronavirus funding package. CNBC reported the warning on Monday, quoting a senior Biden Administration official. “We will be able to get some vaccines of the new generation, but it’ll be a very limited amount and really only for the highest-risk individuals, but it will not be available for everybody,” CNBC explained. The official stated that the White House is nervous there will be a COVID surge in the fall because the current vaccines lose efficacy. The Omicron variant could mutate into variants that are even more contagious. Both Moderna and Pfizer are retooling their COVID vaccines to make them more powerful in fighting the Omicron variant. [tweet_embed] May 12, 2022[/tweet_embed] The current crop of vaccines is still formulated to the original strain of COVID-19. While the vaccines work against preventing the worst outcomes, they’ve grown less effective against mild diseases and haven’t prevented the spread of the Coronavirus. The U.S. requires more money for vaccines, therapeutics, and testing. The source continued that Congress needs to pass a funding bill in the following few weeks to guarantee that contract negotiations between the federal government and vaccine makers are advanced by July. [tweet_embed] May 12, 2022[/tweet_embed] The White House initially requested Congress an additional $22.5 billion - which was cut down to $10 billion in the Senate, with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican Sen. Mitt Romney getting to an agreement in early April. However, several Senate Republicans want the Biden Administration to reinstate Title 42, a pandemic-related immigration restriction that enables the swift deportation of those coming into the U.S. over the southern border, despite some migrants possibly having legitimate asylum claims. The policy is expected to end on May 23. [tweet_embed] May 12, 2022[/tweet_embed] On Monday, President Joe Biden gave Congress the green light to pass funding to beef up the Ukrainian war effort separately from the COVID-19 funding bill - though he pressed lawmakers to pass the latter too. “Without timely COVID funding, more Americans will die needlessly,” Biden announced. “We will lose our place in line for America to order new COVID treatments and vaccines for the fall, including next-generation vaccines under development, and be unable to maintain our supply of COVID tests.” “In the fall, if new variants hit us, it will be too late to get the tools needed for protection – critical treatments that will be available in Europe, but not the United States,” the President continued. Biden requested Congress pass the Ukrainian war funding bill “in the next few days.” “And then, I urge Congress to move promptly on the COVID funding bill,” Biden stated. “This virus knows no borders; we must continue to save lives here at home and around the world,” the President continued.