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White House To Use Ebola Funding For Zika Response, AP Reports; Health Organizations Urge Congressional Leaders To Approve Emergency Zika Funding

Associated Press: White House to transfer Ebola funds to combat Zika virus
“The Obama administration is to announce Wednesday it will transfer leftover money from the largely successful fight against Ebola to combat the growing threat of the Zika virus, congressional officials say…” (Taylor, 4/6).

STAT: White House will dip into Ebola funding to fight Zika, possibly ending impasse
“…The move, first reported by the Associated Press, could make it easier to negotiate with congressional Republicans over the rest of the Zika package. The Obama administration had asked for $1.9 billion in emergency funds to fight the spread of the virus, but top House Republicans pushed back, saying the administration should first use any money Congress has already provided for Ebola that hasn’t been spent…” (Nather/Scott, 4/5).

VOA News: Doctors Urge Congress to Fund Zika Research, Preparation
“…Dozens of organizations joined the March of Dimes on Tuesday in urging Congress to approve an emergency funding measure to protect pregnant women and to promote research on the Zika virus. … Because of what they see as an urgent need, 68 patient advocacy and health organizations have added their voices to those of the federal health agencies and Obama in petitioning Congress for new funding to help slow the spread of Zika and to finance programs to develop and test a vaccine…” (Pearson, 4/5).

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