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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is calling for a big boost for public health funding across the federal health department, but left out specific funding for Covid-19 activities.

In its budget request to Congress on Thursday, the White House asked for $20 billion over five years to support pandemic preparedness efforts at the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Drug Administration. The request aligns with the White House’s National Biodefense Plan.

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