WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 26: White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha gestures as he speaks at a daily press conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on April 26, 2022 in Washington, DC. Dr. Jha came to the briefing room to speak on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and ways the administration is working to prevent people in the United States from getting severe infections. Earlier today the White House announced that U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris tested positive for COVID-19. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is planning for what it calls “dire” contingencies that could include rationing supplies of vaccines and treatments this fall if Congress doesn’t approve more money for fighting COVID-19. Biden administration officials have been warning for weeks that the country has spent nearly all the money approved for COVID-19 response. The administration faces critical decisions about how to spend what’s left. It’s weighing whether to use it to secure the next generation of vaccines to protect the highest risk populations or to prioritize highly effective therapies to reduce the risks of severe illness and death. Rationing could expose even the most vulnerable to shortages.