March 5, 2020
U.S. Senator Ben Sasse issued the following statement after voting for $7.8 billion in emergency funding to fight coronavirus.
“We need to make sure local, state, and federal health officials have the resources they need to fight coronavirus. We ought to be smart about keeping our communities healthy. The team at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Biocontainment Unit has a lot to teach hospitals around the country. This funding is important but it’s not a substitute for the wisdom our moms taught us: wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough, and – if you’re sick – skip the potluck.”
The legislation includes:
- $3 billion for vaccine, therapeutic, and diagnostic development, including $826 million to help research and develop new vaccines.
- At least $4 million directly to Nebraska.
- $3.1 billion for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response within the United States Department of Health and Human Services, which includes the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority and the Strategic National Stockpile. This is important to the work that UNMC’s Biocontainment Lab and others are doing.