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U.S. Senate Passes $1.1B Measure To Fund Zika Response

The Hill: Zika funding overcomes key Senate hurdle “…Senators voted 68-29 to move forward with $1.1 billion in Zika funding, with 60 votes needed to overcome Tuesday’s procedural hurdle. The Obama administration’s original emergency spending request was for $1.9 billion to combat the mosquito-borne virus…” (Carney, 5/17). Kaiser Health News:…

Podcasts Address Issues Surrounding U.S. Response To Zika Outbreak

POLITICO: Ebola czar: America failing on Zika “…Ron Klain, who served as White House Ebola czar and as Vice President Joe Biden’s chief of staff, told POLITICO’s ‘Pulse Check’ podcast that Congress has failed to heed the lessons of the Ebola epidemic and that the Zika funding battle has become…

Scientific American Examines Research Into What Caused Widespread Zika Outbreak

Scientific American: How Zika Spiraled Out of Control “…Virologists now need to figure out which of two potential causes is responsible for the Zika explosion. One possibility is that genetic changes within the virus supercharged its ability to infect people and cause disease. The second scenario is that the change…

Aidspan Publishes New Issue Of ‘Global Fund Observer’

Aidspan: Global Fund Observer Aidspan, an independent watchdog of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, published Issue 288 of the “Global Fund Observer.” The newsletter features articles on various topics, including articles on the fund’s strategic focus on the promotion of rights and gender equality and its…

Investing In Health Systems Critical To Disease Control, Prevention Efforts

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Resilient Health Systems Can Prevent and Contain Pandemics Irene Koek, acting deputy assistant administrator for USAID’s Bureau for Global Health, discusses USAID’s investments in health system strengthening and the importance of resilience, writing, “As the world becomes increasingly connected, we must ensure that health professionals are able to…

G7 Leaders Should Invest In Pandemic Response, Commit To Preventing Epidemics

Huffington Post: G7, We Can Prevent Pandemics Jonathan D. Quick, president of Management Sciences for Health, faculty member at Harvard Medical School, and author “…The G7 has taken important steps to invest in pandemic response, including reaching out to over 70 countries, offering to help them implement the International Health…

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