HHS will grant $100 million to state and local governments to accelerate their flu pandemic preparedness efforts. The funding is part of $350 million included in an emergency appropriation passed by Congress in December and will be used to design and implement community-based programs to combat a pandemic flu outbreak. The initial grants will be awarded to all 50 states, seven territories, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Each state will receive at least $500,000, with additional funding determined by population. California will receive the most, $6.7 million, and Wyoming the least, $622,100. Funds also will be awarded to New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles County. The remaining $250 million will be awarded later this year.
HHS to award $100 million for flu-pandemic readiness
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