President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will receive an update on the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic during their visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, United States on March 19, 2021.
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President Joe Biden’s first budget proposal would give the agency, which is most closely tracking the coronavirus pandemic, the biggest boost in funding in nearly two decades, his administration said Friday.
The 2022 budget draft budget would include $ 8.7 billion in discretionary funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to budget documents from the Office of Management and Budget.
The agency said the budget increase would build on CDC investments in the American Rescue Plan, the $ 1.9 trillion Covid relief plan that Biden signed in March.
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The new funds would be used to “support core public health improvements in states and territories, modernize public health data collection nationwide, train new epidemiologists and other public health experts, and rebuild international capacity to identify new global developments,” prepare and respond to it ”. Threats, “said the OMB.
While the CDC funding request is a big increase over the past few years, it represents only a small portion of Biden’s $ 6 trillion budget proposal for 2022. The request includes funding for a double-barreled, multi-trillion dollar economic overhaul plan. which the President presented earlier this year.
In the United States, more than 33 million Covid infections and at least 593,466 deaths have been reported, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Even before Covid was officially classified as a pandemic, the CDC issued guidelines on how to slow or prevent the spread of the virus in various environments, from summer camps to nursing homes. The agency has now published and updated more than 200 guides, as its website shows.
However, the budget proposal would go beyond funding the agency’s disease-oriented work.
The household materials stated that US $ 153 million would be allocated to the CDC’s Social Determinants of Health program to work on “Improving Health Equity and Data Collection for Racial and Ethnic Populations”.
The government would also allocate $ 100 million to the CDC’s climate and health program as part of a $ 1.2 billion investment to strengthen resilience to forest fires, floods, droughts, and other climate-related disasters.
The budget request for the Department of Health and Social Welfare would double research on firearm violence prevention at the CDC and the National Institutes of Health.
In total, HHS is requesting $ 133.7 billion in discretionary funding – an increase of $ 25.3 billion, or 23.4%, from the approved 2021 budget.