Trump asking Congress for US$2.5 billion to fight COVID-19: White House

Trump asking Congress for US$2.5 billion to fight COVID-19: White House

Passengers arrive at LAX from Shanghai, China
Passengers arrive at LAX from Shanghai, China, after a positive case of the coronavirus was announced in the Orange County suburb of Los Angeles, California, on Jan 26, 2020. REUTERS/Ringo Chiu/File Photo

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration is sending to the US Congress a budget request for US$2.5 billion to fight coronavirus, the White House said on Monday (Feb 24). 

More than US$1 billion of the money would go toward developing a vaccine, the White House said.

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"Today, the Administration is transmitting to Congress a US$2.5 billion supplemental funding plan to accelerate vaccine development, support preparedness and response activities and to procure much needed equipment and supplies," Rachel Semmel, a spokeswoman for the White House Office of Management and Budget, said in a statement. 

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Source: Reuters/de/zl

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