Of the $2.2 billion earmarked for the CDC, $950 million is for grants to state and local governments. Half of that must be distributed over the next 30 days, and no state will receive less than $4 million.
The CDC will also get $300 million to assist with the global response to coronavirus and another $300 million to replenish the Infectious Disease Rapid Response Fund.
The package also includes $3.1 billion for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund and $836 million to the National Institutes of Health for research and vaccine development.
Vice President Mike Pence provided a coronavirus update to House Democrats and Republicans separately on Wednesday; he held similar briefings with U.S. senators on Tuesday. U.S. Rep. Drew Ferguson, R-West Point, said he walked away from the meeting satisfied with the government response, particularly when it comes to relaxing rules so that state laboratories can now perform necessary testing.
He also praised the pharmaceutical industry for working to develop tests, a vaccine and treatments rapidly.
“It goes to show the value of the innovation and research these companies do and the benefits to the American people,” Ferguson said.
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