California governor approves $300 million for COVID-19 research and development
Jerry Brown announced Thursday that he approved $300.4 million in state funding to support research into the causes and prevention of coronavirus.
Brown said he is looking for ways to fund the effort and has not decided whether to use the money for the state’s own COVID research program.
“This is not a ‘get out of jail free’ card,” Brown said in a statement.
“I will continue to lead efforts to build a national strategy to contain COVID.”
California has the highest number of coronapies per capita in the country, with more than 1,300 in the state, and Brown said the state is on track to achieve its goal of eliminating coronaviruses.
The state also is working with the National Institutes of Health to develop a nationwide strategy to combat the pandemic.
Brown’s announcement came as the governor was on a trip to Texas.
He announced Wednesday that he would not attend the state-sponsored coronaviral conference in Dallas, which is scheduled for June.
Brown, who is seeking re-election next year, said he was also planning to attend the conference in Florida.
California has one of the nation’s largest and most extensive programs for preventing coronavides.
The governor’s office says the state has spent about $6.7 billion on research, clinical trials and other programs to contain the disease.
The program is led by the California Health Care Foundation, which has spent more than $100 million on the research.
The California Health Alliance is the state group that has spent the most.