FROM SOPHE National: Congress Passes Emergency Supplemental Funding to Combat Coronavirus

Sunday, March 08, 2020


SOPHE News | COVID-19 Update

Congress Passes Emergency Supplemental Funding to Combat Coronavirus

Washington, D.C. - March 6, 2020 - Yesterday, Congress passed theCoronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. This bipartisan agreement provides $8.3 billion in emergency, supplemental funding to combat the spread of the virus, including funding for vaccine development, support for state and local governments, and assistance for affected small businesses. This bipartisan package includes:
  • $61 million for the Food and Drug Administration to facilitate the development and review, both pre-market and post-market, of medical countermeasures, devices, therapies, and vaccines to combat the coronavirus.
  • $1 billion in loan subsidies made available to help small businesses impacted by financial losses as a result of the virus.
  • $2.2 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to support federal, state, and local public health agencies to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus.
  • More than $3 billion for research and development of vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics to prevent or treat the effects of the virus.
  • Nearly $1 billion for procurement of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, to support healthcare preparedness and Community Health Centers, and to improve medical surge capacity.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 is a new disease that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person to person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.On January 30, 2020 the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a public health emergency. The next day,Health and Human Services Secretary Azar declared a public health emergency for the Unites Statesto aid the healthcare community to respond to the virus.
TheCDC indicatesthat the risk of COVID-19 in the U.S. is low and recommends taking every day preventative actions to avoid the flu.