Trump sends coronavirus budget request to Congress - media

Trump sends coronavirus budget request to Congress - media

The White House sent to U.S. Congress its $2.5-billion supplemental budget proposal to fight the novel coronavirus.

According to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, over $1 billion will be used for vaccine development, and the other funds will be spent on supporting preparedness and response activities as well as procuring needed equipment and supplies.

"The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. We are in contact with everyone and all relevant countries. CDC & World Health have been working hard and very smart," U.S. President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter.

The Politico reported that U.S. public health groups had pushed the White House to ask for emergency funds. However, the funding request was much smaller than the U.S. response in 2014 to the Ebola outbreak, when a $6.2-billion budget was requested.

According to the latest reports, China has confirmed over 77,000 cases of patients infected with the novel coronavirus. The virus’ death toll has hit 2,592, yet more than 24,700 patients have recovered from the disease.

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