Health Officials, Experts Warn Additional U.S. Funding Necessary To Effectively Respond To Zika

The Hill: Officials sound alarm on Zika funding
“…[T]he White House said [shifting money from Ebola to Zika] is only a temporary solution, and raised pressure on congressional Republicans to fulfill the administration’s emergency request for $1.9 billion in new funds. Health experts say they are distressed that money is being taken away from Ebola efforts, an important need in its own right, and that Congress is not providing more to fight Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that, while mild for most people, is dangerous for pregnant women. The virus has been linked to serious birth defects in babies…” (Sullivan, 4/10).

ScienceInsider: Funding shift for Zika helps NIH, but more research money requested
“The White House’s decision this week to shift $589 million in unspent Ebola response funding to fighting Zika won’t require cutting any Ebola research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). But the Obama administration still is requesting more help from Congress to both fund Zika efforts and replenish money shifted away from Ebola, says Anthony Fauci, the head of NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in Bethesda, Maryland…” (Kollipara, 4/8).