U.S. policy implications of the coronavirus

Urgency among U.S. lawmakers to address the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is evident. First, on March 5, Congress approved H.R. 6074, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, which allocated US$8.3 billion to combat the coronavirus. Of the US$8.3 billion, US$6.5 billion went to the Department of Health and Human Services, roughly US$1.3 billion went to the State Department, and the remaining money went to the Small Business Administration and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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