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- Share to facebook - Share to linkedin. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar (left) listens to President Trump in an October ... [+] 2019 meeting. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images. Topline: Health and human services secretary Alex Azar said on Wednesday the Centers for Disease Control needs at least $136 million in funding for the government’s efforts against coronavirus (after spending its $105 million rapid response fund) as more people die and are sickened with the disease across the world, while President Trump proposes a 16% budget cut. - Azar asked Congress to divert the requested additional funds from other government health programs, but said HHS would not divert any money from Trump’s border wall construction. Full story

26 February