HHS announces $22 billion in funding to support expanded testing, vaccination distribution

HHS announces $22 billion in funding to support expanded testing, vaccination distribution
COVID-19 vaccination (generic). (Source: AP Photo/LM Otero/AP)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - On Wednesday, Jan. 6, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $22 billion in funding to states and localities in support of expanded coronavirus testing and vaccine distribution.

Over $3 billion will be made available in an [initial award] to jurisdictions through the existing CDC Immunization and Vaccines for Children cooperative agreement. The CDC will then work to distribute the [remaining $19 billion], but dates have not been set for allocation.

Awards will be given to jurisdictions in all 50 states and will go towards support testing, contract tracing, surveillance, containment, and mitigation to monitor and suppress the spread of COVID-19.

From the initial award, Arizona will receive almost $65,800,000 in funding; followed by almost $419,000,000.

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