U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Monday Kentucky received $297,521,270 for coronavirus testing and vaccine distribution. The federal funding, distributed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was made available by the targeted COVID-19 rescue package Senator McConnell negotiated and led to enactment in December, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act.
Kentucky was sent $257,152,034 to support statewide testing, contact tracing, and other initiatives to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Commonwealth also received $40,369,236 for vaccine distribution.
“Kentucky is on our way to beating this virus with safe and effective vaccines. I’m proud the additional targeted federal relief funding is helping protect Kentucky families,” said Senator McConnell.
“Through Operation Warp Speed, American researchers and healthcare heroes developed vaccines in record time. Now, hardworking Kentuckians at UPS and DHL Express are a critical link to sending these vaccines across the eastern United States. Together, we will finish this fight.”