Rhode Island gets $70M to boost testing, vaccinations

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has received an infusion of more than $70 million in federal funding to bolster the state’s coronavirus testing and vaccination programs, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed announced Monday.

The money from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be used to expand COVID-19 testing and vaccine distribution across the state, the Democrat said in a statement.

Nearly $61 million is allocated to support the state’s COVID-19 testing capacities, contact tracing and containment and mitigation efforts, while an additional $9.5 million will enhance vaccine distribution.

The money comes from a $900 billion emergency COVID-19 relief and rescue measure passed and signed into law in December.

“This is a life-saving investment,” Reed said. “Increased COVID-19 testing, along with social-distancing protocols and mask wearing, can help us control outbreaks and make it safer to get people back to work and return students to fulltime classroom learning.”

More than 59,000 Rhode Islanders have received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine and nearly 15,000 have received their second dose, the state Department of Health said Monday.

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