Harder Votes for Emergency Funding to Fight Coronavirus Outbreak

March 4, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today voted to pass a nearly $8.3 billion emergency aid package aimed at containing and treating the coronavirus outbreak which has infected 80 Americans nationally through the House of Representatives.

Video of Rep. Harder discussing the Coronavirus threat can be found here.

“This isn’t a pandemic yet – but with a death rate potentially 20 times worse than the flu, it’s not something we should mess around with. It’s time to get ahead of this right now,” said Rep. Harder. “Today we took a big step to try and contain this outbreak before it gets out of control and make sure we get folks treatment when they need it.”

The emergency funding package will include:

  • $2.2 billion in public health funding for prevention, preparedness, and response.
  • More than $300 million to ensure access to affordable vaccines.
  • Nearly $1 billion for pharmaceuticals and medical supplies and to support Community Health Centers. 

Funds will primarily be directed towards the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Food and Drug Administration.