The US Treasury Department has authorized the use of funds allocated to combat the coronavirus pandemic and its economic consequences to stimulate vaccinations, including payments to vaccinated citizens. This is stated in a statement by the US Treasury Department, published on Thursday on its website.
Earlier, American President Joe Biden called for $ 100 to be paid to every American vaccinated against the coronavirus.
In a statement, the US Treasury notes that under the American Rescue Plan program “a historic $ 350 billion has been allocated to help states, territorial and local governments to respond to the pandemic and its negative economic consequences.” It is noted that programs that encourage Americans to get vaccinated can be funded from these funds.
The department also said it was ready to provide technical assistance to state and local governments so that they can effectively use funds to stimulate vaccination, including the allocation of $ 100 for each vaccinated American, as Biden suggested.
In addition, the Ministry of Finance announced its readiness to compensate employers for the payment of the time used to vaccinate employees and their family members, or the time spent on recovery after vaccination.
The US $ 1.9 trillion short-term assistance program proposed by the US authorities in January was called the American Rescue Plan. It, in particular, provides for the allocation of $ 1 trillion to provide assistance to the population, about $ 400 billion – directly to fight the pandemic.
Russian news agency TASS