In an effort to address the public health threat of the coronavirus, federal officials have put a focus on public health measures to manage the spread of the virus.
The Department of Homeland Security has made an additional $2.5 billion available to help fight the pandemic, which has killed more than 5.4 million people, according to a Homeland Security Department statement.
That money has been spent on the creation of more than 200 « bundles of capabilities » to combat the spread, including more than 500 labs, testing facilities and data centers to help the government detect, track and respond to the virus, DHS said.
The effort is part of President Donald Trump’s $1.6 trillion effort to contain the coronivirus.
The administration has already made nearly $6 billion in the past few weeks through a variety of programs, including a $5 billion « surge » of funds for the Department of Health and Human Services to help with the response to the pandochirus.
« The President has directed DHS to use the additional funds to enhance capacity and capacity development for the health care delivery system and its response to this pandemic, » DHS Secretary John Kelly said in a statement.
« In particular, DHS is enhancing capacity to support the provision of vaccines, diagnostic tests and vaccines-based treatment for those exposed to the coronovirus.
DHS will also prioritize research and development of new vaccine-based therapies to combat this pandochis, and to develop the best possible vaccines for the pandocovirus to protect the United States. »
The department also announced new grants for the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases to develop and test novel vaccines for coronaviruses, as well as for other infectious diseases.