6 March – The U.S. Senate has approved a bill of $8.3 billion, the fund will help central and local governments to fight the fast expansion corona-virus. The Senate passed legislation with a vote of 96-1, that was overwhelmingly approved by the House of Representatives.
A statement delivered by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on this emergency bill, “It’s a serious agreement to meet a serious challenge and today we will send it to President Trump’s desk.”
He further said on legislation directs surge resources to the Food and Drug Administration and to the National Institutes of Health, “It provides billions to replenish medical supply stockpiles, to support community health centres, and to ensure that future vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics would be accessible to Americans”.
And it will also enhance the small business administration in helping to ease the blow to employees and job creators.
The funding to counter corona-virus includes over $3 billion for vaccine research and development, and for test kits and medical treatments. And another amount of $2.2 billion will support public health prevention, preparedness and disease response activities.