White House announces $1.7 billion in funding to track, fight COVID variants


The Biden administration will invest $1.7 billion to help states and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention track and fight COVID-19 variants, the White House announced Friday. The money is from the COVID-relief law enacted last month, and includes $1 billion for expanding genomic sequencing; $400 million for studying genomic epidemiology; and $300 million for a system for sharing and analyzing sequencing data. The administration says “new and potentially dangerous strains” of the virus make up about half of COVID cases in the U.S. today.


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