Covid-19: US DoD to get USD10.5 billion from virus bill

26 March 2020

The US Department of Defense is slated to receive USD10.5 billion under a broad-based USD2 trillion coronavirus disease (Covid-19) economic stimulus package that the US Senate passed late on 25 March.

The DoD portion includes USD1.45 billion to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on production lines, supply chains, military depots, and labs; USD1 billion to expand production capacity for medical and personal protective equipment; and USD1.5 billion for emergency National Guard deployments.

Other DoD items include USD713.6 million for various operations, such as deployment of the USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy hospital ships; USD300 million for information technology equipment; USD627.8 million for non-medical protective equipment and other supplies; USD4.9 billion for the Defense Health Program; and USD20 million for the Office of Inspector General to audit Covid-19 spending.

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