(KFVS) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is awarding Illinois and Kentucky with more federal funding to help expand COVID-19 testing and vaccine distribution in each state.
Kentucky was sent a total of $297,521,270.
According to U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, $257,152,034 will be used to support statewide testing, contact tracing and other initiatives to slow the spread of COVID-19. The remainder of the funding, $40,369,236, will be used for vaccine distribution.
Illinois has received a total of $843,870,238.
According to U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will receive $574,308,000 for COVID-19 testing and $90,158,000 for vaccination distribution. The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) will receive $155, 060,000 for testing and $24,342,000 million for vaccine distribution.
The funding was made available through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act.