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NIH Funding for COVID Stimulus Package

I am writing to urge you to include needed research funding for the National Institutes of Health in the emergency COVID-19 stimulus package currently being developed. The NIH is in urgent need of $26 billion in relief funding to resume pre-pandemic research, launch new COVID-19 projects at NIH institutes and centers, and support NIH’s federal health agency pandemic efforts.

Our country’s battle against this national pandemic and health crisis is far from over. Expanding research is the key to new life saving vaccines, improved detection and diagnosis treatments, and addressing prevention and health disparities. Nearly every major university biomedical research lab has committed funding, lab equipment and supplies to address this national crisis. Emergency funding for NIH is needed to continue supporting these efforts, restore pre-pandemic research funding converted to COVID-19 initiatives, and advance new research toward our nation’s understanding and response to this life-threatening pandemic.

The American people need the Administration and Congress to find a compromise on a bipartisan spending package supporting urgently needed medical, economic, and societal needs. Please include $26 billion for NIH in any agreement.

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