WASHINGTON, DC –Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05),Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, JamieRaskin, and David Trone announced thatthe Maryland Department of Healthwill receive $402,607,440 in federal funding to expandCOVID-19 vaccine distribution, contact tracing, and testing capacity.
“Supportis on the way for Maryland as we continue to fight COVID-19 and work to eliminate the virus,”the lawmakers said. “This new federal funding willhelpensure that more Marylanders get the COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as possibleand will increase the state’stesting and contact tracing capabilities. Team Marylandwill keep pushing to secure additional federal dollarsto bring the virus under control and stop the spread of the disease.”
Funds include $347,979,565 to expand testing, contact tracing, and other efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19; and $54,627,875 to supportMaryland’svaccine distributionefforts.It was authorized by Congress through the Coronavirus Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act.
Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.