Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

“Zika is a test to see if we’ve learned anything from Ebola” — Emergency funding not enough to deal with emerging infections, panelists say

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The 1.9 billion dollars the Obama Administration has requested to respond to the Zika virus is not enough, according to Amy Pope. It’s not enough to build lab capacity, improve surveillance and diagnostics, and strengthen overall health systems so that the global community can anticipate emerging infections instead of reacting to them, she says. That, she […]

Zika makes it from Americas to Africa, while funding to build health systems there hits wall

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The day after both houses of Congress voted to fund Zika responses only at the expense of addressing ongoing challenges posed by the Ebola crisis in West Africa, the World Health Organization has confirmed that the strain of Zika now spreading in the West Africa island nation of Cabo Verde is the form of the […]

House action on Zika split on party lines, views of public health protection

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//UPDATE: THE U.S. SENATE THURSDAY PASSED ITS $1.1 BILLION ZIKA FUNDING BILL, BY A 68 TO 30 VOTE, ALSO REFLECTING PARTY LINE DIVISION WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THE BILL, BUT WITH REPUBLICAN SENATORS CASTING ALL DISSENTING VOTES// While the Zika virus freely crosses national boundaries and territorial lines alike, the U.S. Representatives stuck pretty much […]

House, Senate bills show widely divergent views of time, money needed for Zika, future threats

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//UPDATE: SENATORS MOVED TOWARDS APPROVING A ZIKA FUNDING PLAN THAT WILL PROVIDE $1.1 BILLION FOR PUBLIC HEALTH AND RESEARCH ADDRESSING THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS AND ITS EFFECTS. THE PLAN REPLACES SOME BUT NOT ALL OF THE FUNDING ADVANCED EARLIER, AND DOES NOT REQUIRE CUTS TO OTHER PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMS AN INITIAL VOTE FOUND SENATORS  […]

Science moves faster than funding for Zika, while virus moves faster still

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A little more than three months since the World Health Organization recognized the spread of Zika virus and accompanying rising rates of microcephaly and other neurological disorders as a public health emergency of international concern, policymakers Thursday will consider once again the reasons President Obama asked in February that $1.9 million in emergency funding be […]