U.S. Health Officials Outline Distribution Of Federal Zika Funds

CIDRAP News: Zika funding to be split among CDC, NIH, emergency fund
“Two weeks after Congress allocated $1.1 billion in supplemental funding to fight Zika, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced [Tuesday] during a teleconference how the pie of Zika funding will be sliced among major players…” (Soucheray, 10/18).

CQ HealthBeat: Administration Offers More Zika Spending Details
“…The $1.1 billion emergency supplemental, passed as part of a continuing resolution to fund the government (PL 114-223), included $933 million to the Department of Health and Human Services. That amount included $394 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; $152 million for the National Institutes of Health; and $387 million to the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund…” (Siddons, 10/18).

NBC News: Zika Funds Not Going Anywhere Fast Until Next Year, HHS Says
“Hundreds of millions of dollars approved by Congress last month to fight Zika won’t go anywhere until the beginning of next year — almost a full year after it was first requested, federal officials said Tuesday. That’s because it’s entered the slow, bureaucratic world of the federal funding process. Cities, states, and counties have to bid on the money, and federal agencies then decide who to give it to…” (Fox, 10/18).

Reuters: U.S. health officials outline Zika spending priorities
“…$40 million is aimed at expanding primary health care services in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories, and $20 million for projects of national and regional significance in those areas. Puerto Rico has been particularly hard hit by Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that has been linked with a rare birth defect known as microcephaly. The virus has spread to almost 60 countries and territories since the current outbreak was identified last year in Brazil…” (Clarke, 10/18).