Opinion Pieces Urge Congress To Act On Zika Funding

USA TODAY: Step up Zika fight for Mother’s Day 2017: Column
Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, professor of health policy at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School

“…Zika is not a virus the U.S. can fight alone. … In our interconnected world, a disease outbreak anywhere is potentially a disease outbreak everywhere. So what can we do? We need to learn the lessons from previous outbreaks, such as Ebola. … We need to vastly improve the ways in which nations work together and the capacity for global organizations to lead, prevent, and respond. … We need stronger, faster action and greater resources — particularly for research on disease diagnostics and vaccine development. Even on the verge of mosquito season, with millions of Americans at risk, Congress has failed to approve $1.9 billion in emergency Zika funding. Next Mother’s Day can be different, free from the shadow cast by Zika, but only if we act…” (5/7).

The Hill: For Mother’s Day, act to protect women and babies from Zika
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.)

“…For months Democrats have urged Republicans to work with us on President Obama’s $1.9 billion emergency funding proposal, … but Republican leaders have refused to even consider it. Instead, they’ve found reason after reason to delay. … Congressional Republicans may feel they have time to spare when it comes to the Zika virus — but women and families across the country do not. The choice Congress will make when it comes to Zika is not whether to deal with this virus, but how. We can address it now and help keep children and families from harm, or we can deal with the consequences of inaction…” (5/7).

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