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Trump administration seeks $2.5B to fight coronavirus spread
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The Trump administration is asking Congress to approve $2.5 billion in funding to fight the deadly virus that originated in Wuhan, China, confirming an earlier FOX Business report that the White House would seek special money earmarked for the health crisis.
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Monday night the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said in a statement Monday. OMB is targeting the funds are for vaccines, treatment, and protective equipment. The U.S. has suffered 53 confirmed cases of the virus as of Monday night.
By comparison, the Obama administration requested $4.64 billion for immediate response plus $1.54 billion as a Contingency Fund during the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
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Last week, high-profile Senate Democrats including Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sen. Dick Durbin sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar about the "failure so far to outline what additional resources [the administration] needs to respond to the rapidly developing coronavirus outbreak."
“We remain deeply concerned with the rapidly evolving 2019 Novel Coronavirus… While we appreciate the critical work happening at [HHS] and government-wide to respond to this emergency, the Administration has not been forthcoming about how much funding will be needed to respond to the outbreak," the senators wrote.