WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has resisted calls from pediatric health groups to declare a national emergency over the “Triple Demic.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association say cases of flu, COVID-19 and RSV are overwhelming the health system.
Declaring a national emergency would give providers additional funding and greater regulatory flexibility to deal with what has been termed a “crisis.”
According to CDC data, the number of hospitalizations among all children during the week of Nov. 12 was twice that of any other flu season.
The White House said the strategic national stockpile has supplies such as ventilators and personal protective equipment, but no state has yet requested them.
Rather than declare a national emergency, federal health officials said they are ready to provide assistance to communities in need on a case-by-case basis.
The CNN Wire contributed to this report.
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