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Biden Tags $500 Million to Expand Vaccine Access and Health Services

By on August 12, 2021

San Juan – The Biden Administration announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) would provide up to $500 million in grants to help rural health care facilities, tribes, and communities expand access to COVID-19 vaccines, health care services, and nutrition assistance.

Luis R. García, Acting State Director for Puerto Rico, indicated that beginning today, applicants may apply for two types of assistance: Recovery Grants and Impact Grants

“Under the leadership of President Biden and Vice President Harris, USDA is playing a critical role to help rural America build back better and equitably as the nation continues to respond to the pandemic,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. 

“Through the Emergency Rural Health Care Grants, USDA will help rural hospitals and local communities increase access to COVID-19 vaccines and testing, medical supplies, telehealth, and food assistance, and support construction or renovation of rural health care facilities. These investments will also help improve the long-term viability of rural health care providers across the nation,” he added. 

The Biden-Harris Administration designed Recovery Grants for public entities and nonprofit organizations while providing COVID-19 relief to support rural hospitals, health care clinics, and local communities.

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