Mon May 16, 2022 4:05 PM

“Today I spoke with White House COVID-19 Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha about the state of the pandemic and the administration’s preparedness plans to ensure states have the resources, supplies and distribution networks needed to handle potential surges across the country this summer and fall.

“We know that tools such as vaccines, boosters, tests and treatments have been essential in fighting COVID-19, responding to variants, reducing hospitalizations and saving lives. That’s why I continue to calling on Congress to pass additional federal funding, which will prove critical in helping states unlock the additional resources needed for future COVID-19 variants and surges.

“At the state level, we continue to make sure New Yorkers have access to these tools. We have already distributed more than 75 million over-the-counter COVID-19 tests to New Yorkers in recent months, and we have stored more for the future.. We continue to partner with the administration to immunize and stimulate more New Yorkers, as well as to promote the treatment options available to a majority of adults that help prevent In addition, I asked my team for a full assessment of our state agencies Last Friday I spoke with county leaders about our state’s ongoing preparedness plans and how we can work together to meet their needs on the ground.

“New York has long been at the forefront of the national fight against COVID-19, and we will continue to keep New Yorkers safe, informed and prepared.”