US to spend $3.2B on treatments for COVID-19, other viruses

In this May 11 photo, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Photo via AP, File)

WASHINGTON — The United States is devoting $3.2 billion to speed development of antiviral pills to treat COVID-19 and other dangerous viruses that could turn into pandemics.