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(Reuters) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday said it would award more than $3 billion to help strengthen the workforce and public health infrastructure across the United States. after the COVID-19 pandemic put a severe strain on them.
Public health agency funding includes $3 billion from the Rescue America Plan announced by President Joe Biden’s administration last year and will cover all state health departments, locally and nationally.
It also includes $140 million from a new allocation to those jurisdictions and a $65 million award to three public health organizations to help provide training and technical assistance.
“The pandemic puts a severe strain on (health) agencies, which are already weakened by neglect and underinvestment,” said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky. “This funding gives these agencies the critical capital and flexibility to build and strengthen the nation’s public health infrastructure and workforce.”