Newly Passed House Bill Will Designate Funds For COVID-19 Vaccine Research 

Funding will be sent to research entities in hopes of creating a COVID-19 vaccine

Shawn Digity
May 28, 2020 - 6:57 pm

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HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - On Thursday, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a bill that will dedicate federal funding specifically for the research and development of a coronavirus vaccine.

The bill allocated $10 million for the vaccine project, and it will be disbursed to appropriate organizations throughout the commonwealth, such as the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

The funding was procured through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Representatives Natalie Mihalek, Lori Mizgorski, Tim O’Neal, Marci Mustello, and Valerie Gaydos had this to say about the passing of the new bill: "We are excited to announce that the House has approved this funding.

"Here in southwestern Pennsylvania, the McGowan Institute is a huge asset to our region, our Commonwealth and our nation as it has been an innovative leader in the field of regenerative medicine.

"They have been at the forefront of COVID-19 vaccine testing, and we have already seen them make great strides in their research. Recognizing their outstanding work and the potential that their research has, it is our strong belief that this funding will help institutions like the McGowan Institute combat this deadly disease."

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