Lack Of Emergency Funding, Resources To Address Zika Hinders Effective Response, CDC Director Says
TIME: We’re Fighting Zika ‘With One Hand Tied Behind Our Backs,’ CDC Director Says
“It’s been a little over a week since the Senate failed to pass emergency funding for the Zika epidemic, right in the midst of mosquito season. And while Zika hasn’t started spreading locally stateside, emergency responders who are trying to fight it are already feeling an economic pinch. ‘We have an unprecedented health threat, and we don’t have the robust resources that would enable us to respond most effectively,’ says Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in an interview with TIME. ‘Without additional resources, this is like fighting a fight with one hand tied behind our backs’…” (Sifferlin, 7/26).