Schatz applauds federal virus funds for state

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) commented this week on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s agreement to reimburse up to $175 million to the state for certain vaccine-distribution expenses: “This is great news for Hawai‘i. It will keep the state’s vaccination program running and free up state and county resources that can be used to do more to help fight the pandemic and support local people.”

FEMA announced Thursday it has already reimbursed half of the approved amount to the state, providing more than $87 million. Reimbursable expenses cover emergency-protective measures, including supplies and personnel needed to safely transport, store and administer COVID-19 vaccines.

Schatz is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee

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