Dennis Quaid at Universal Studios Hollywood earlier this month (Getty Images)

FDA cof­fers are tapped for a down pay­ment on a $300M Covid-19 PSA to ‘de­feat de­spair’

The De­part­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices is push­ing for­ward with a pricey $300 mil­lion ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign that Trump of­fi­cials de­scribe as a hope­ful and up­lift­ing mes­sage that would counter the drum beat of bad news they’re hear­ing in the me­dia. The li­on’s share of the funds, $250 mil­lion, were ap­pro­pri­at­ed from the HHS’s sub­or­di­nates at CDC. The mon­ey wasn’t be­com­ing avail­able fast enough, ev­i­dent­ly. While bu­reau­crat­ic de­tails were be­ing worked out, a sep­a­rate small­er con­tract pay­ing $14,998,049 was speed­i­ly is­sued from the FDA’s cof­fers.

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