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The CDC would set up a coronavirus ‘surveillance and data collection system’ as part of the Senate’s $2 trillion stimulus bill

  • The CDC will launch a new “surveillance and data collection system” to track the spread of coronavirus in the US, per the coronavirus relief bill the Senate passed on Wednesday. 
  • The agency would receive emergency funding as part of the bipartisan stimulus package passed Wednesday. Of that, $500 million will go public health data surveillance and analytics infrastructure modernization. 
  • Tracking the spread of the virus will be a balancing act for the agency, which will have to navigate privacy laws as it expands its surveillance.
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The Senate passed a bill late Wednesday that would pump emergency funding into the CDC to combat the coronavirus, including a system to gather data on how the virus is spreading.

The CDC’s new funding is part of an emergency stimulus package that the Senate passed on Wednesday which provides $2 trillion in funding to boost government health programs and stabilize the American economy during the coronavirus crisis. 

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Of the funding allocated to the CDC, the bill sets aside at least $500 million for public health data surveillance and modernizing the analytics infrastructure.

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