US Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday announced two billion dollars in help for child care programs and another 300 million to purchase and distribute vaccines to less fortunate Americans.
The monies will come from a 787-billion-dollar economic stimulus package signed into law in February.
"Parents are worried about finding a job or keeping the job they have and they shouldn't have to worry about affording quality child care," Biden said of the program, which includes vouchers families can use for day care.
The vaccines funding will chiefly go towards purchasing vaccines to be distributed through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in all 50 states, large cities, and US territories.
"Vaccines help keep children healthy, prevent costly stays in hospitals, and fight diseases that can lead to serious illness or death," Biden said, adding that the money "will help to vaccinate more Americans, cut health care costs, improve public health, and save lives."