HHS Alerts Congress To $136M Spend On Coronavirus

The New York Times reports:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services notified Congress on Sunday it may need to transfer up to $136 million to help combat the fast-moving coronavirus epidemic, a new sign of how the White House has increased its response in recent days.

The notification came as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is quickly burning through $105 million that was set aside for emergency public-health responses to things such as the coronavirus.

The additional money would address growing demands on CDC, HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and HHS’s Office of Global Affairs, HHS confirmed Monday. About $75 million would be available for CDC, $52 million for ASPR and $8 million for the Office of Global Affairs.