California governor unveils $2.7B COVID-19 emergency response package

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Jan. 8 announced a proposal for a $2.7 billion COVID-19 emergency response package, which includes an investment in testing, vaccinations and front-line worker support.

Mr. Newsom is also calling for paid sick leave for front-line workers, according to a news release from the governor's office.

The package includes:

  • $1.2 billion to bolster COVID-19 testing
  • $583 million for vaccinations, boosters and fighting misinformation
  • $614 million for front-line worker and health system support
  • $200 million to support state response operations
  • $110 million for vulnerable populations and improving contact tracing

"From Day One, California has taken swift and direct action to battle COVID-19 with policies that have saved tens of thousands of lives, but there's more work to be done," Mr. Newsom said.


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