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Senate Democrats Request $25B for Upcoming Coronavirus Response Package

Senate Democrats on Monday called for Congress to provide $25 billion in emergency funding for production and distribution of a coronavirus vaccine ahead of negotiations on an upcoming response package.

In addition to the development of the vaccine itself, a massive and complex undertaking is required to manufacture the millions of needed doses, ensure the supply of supporting materials like needles and syringes, and then distribute the vaccine all across the country for people to be vaccinated. 

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.), the top Democrat on the Senate Health Committee, released a white paper on Monday saying the Trump administration needs to do more to plan for this undertaking. They are calling for the $25 billion in funding to be included in the next coronavirus response package, expected to be put together later this month, as well as policy changes. 

Read the source article at The Hill

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