The Trump Administration on Monday night sent to Congress its $2.5 billion spending plan to fight the deadly coronavirus outbreak.
The funds will be used to help develop a vaccine, as well as for treatment and protective equipment, according to The White House budget office, who sent the request.
The request calls for half of the spending plan to come from new funding. The remaining balance would be transferred from existing accounts, including $535 million from an Ebola preparedness account.
“We are also freeing up existing resources and allowing for greater flexibilities for response activities,” said White House budget office spokeswoman Rachel Semmel.
The funding request came as Sen. Chuck Schumer lashed out against the Trump administration, claiming they have “no plan” to fight the rapidly spreading virus.
“All of the warning lights are flashing bright red. We are staring down a potential pandemic and the administration has no plan,” said Schumer.
The New York lawmaker added, “We have a crisis of coronavirus and President Trump has no plan, no urgency, no understanding of the facts or how to coordinate a response.”
Almost 80,000 people have contracted the novel coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, with more than 2,500 deaths, mostly in China.
With Post wires