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West Virginia to get nearly $120M for testing, vaccinations

January 13, 2021 GMT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will see an infusion of $103.1 million in federal funding to expand COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, the state’s U.S. senators said on Tuesday.

The state will also get nearly $16.2 million toward distributing the coronavirus vaccine. The money comes from a massive coronavirus relief package.

“In order for West Virginia to remain a leader in COVID-19 testing and vaccine distribution, federal resources are necessary to support these efforts,” Republican U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito said in a statement.

West Virginia said it had administered 93,481 vaccine doses as of Tuesday, with 13,764 people having received both doses.

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“This funding will help West Virginia ensure vaccines are administered to every West Virginian who wants one as they become available and will support the testing and contact tracing programs,” Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said in a statement.