- The bulk of the CDC’s $1 billion coronavirus funding remains unspent despite multiple requests to do so
- The funding was part of the Paycheck Protection Program authorized five months ago to help fight the virus
- The Trump administration directed $200 million of the funding to a $300 million anti-virus ad campaign
Most of the $1 billion funding package intended to help the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conduct COVID-19 contract tracing and testing remains unspent, except for $200 million the Trump administration used for ad campaign about the virus.
According to a Bloomberg report, which cited unnamed sources familiar with the situation, the $1 billion in funding was part of the Paycheck Protection Program and Care Enhancement Act, which was authorized more than five months ago.
The relief package was intended to help the CDC improve its surveillance, epidemiology, and contact tracing efforts. It was