Saying “We cannot afford inaction,” President-Elect Joe Biden announced a $1.9 trillion stimulus plan yesterday to help America recover from the economic blows of the virus, NPR reports.
$415 billion in emergency spending includes, according to STAT:
- $20 billion for vaccination distribution
- $30 billion for supplies and protective gear
- $50 billion for testing program
The package also includes funding for genomic sequencing to track the new variants, contact tracing, protective gear, and funding for 100,000 public health workers.
If approved, it would amount to the US government’s biggest investment in pandemic-fighting public health efforts so far.
“The vaccine rollout in the United States has been a dismal failure thus far. …. We’ll have to move heaven and earth to get more people vaccinated, to create more places for them to get vaccinated, to mobilize more medical teams to get shots in people’s arms, to increase vaccine supply to get it out the door as fast as possible,” Biden said. “But we need about $400 billion in funding from Congress to make all of what I just said happen.”