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U.S. HHS Secretary Burwell To Brief Senate On Zika Outbreak; House Bill Would Allow Ebola Research Funding To Be Used For Zika

ABC News: Senators Call for Federal Updates on Zika Virus Outbreak
“The chairman of the Senate committee with oversight over public health issues has sent a letter to the head of Health and Human Services asking her to keep him apprised of the agency’s efforts to stem the spread of the Zika virus in the United States…” (Weinberg, 2/3).

The Hill: Zika spreads into politics
“The Zika virus is creeping into politics, with Republicans beginning to question whether the Obama administration is doing enough to protect the public from an outbreak…” (Sullivan, 2/4).

The Hill: GOP lawmaker: Use Ebola funds to fight Zika
“Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) unveiled legislation on Wednesday to boost funding to research the Zika virus by giving federal agencies flexibility to use money originally allocated to combat Ebola…” (Marcos, 2/3).

The Hill: Burwell to brief lawmakers on Zika virus
“…Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell will brief leadership and relevant committees next week, after McConnell requested a meeting…” (Carney, 2/3).

Reuters: U.S. health secretary to brief lawmakers on efforts over Zika virus
“…McConnell, speaking on the Senate floor, said there was an increasing amount of concern about the virus as warmer months approach, and ‘I think we could all benefit from having a better understanding of what preparations are being made to protect Americans’…” (Cornwell, 2/3).

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