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U.S. Congress Should Fund Response To Zika Virus, Support Research Efforts

Washington Post: CDC and NIH officials: Congress is showing how not to fight the Zika virus
Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH

“…Without additional [Zika] funds, the path forward is unclear. … The CDC will have to reduce emergency response staff and support to communities fighting this virus. NIH may have to delay or halt its work on a vaccine. And it may even be necessary to cut off funding to pharmaceutical companies that have partnered with government to ensure that a vaccine will be widely available once we have completed the clinical trials and the licensing process. … With the right resources, we can develop better ways to combat the mosquito that spreads Zika and other diseases. … We can find a vaccine that will protect those most at risk. … In the past, [Congress] has shown that it understands the importance of safeguarding Americans’ health and has supported biomedical research and vital public health priorities. It has proved that it can act in moments of crisis and in our nation’s hours of need. We’re asking Congress to do so again” (8/31).

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