Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

CDC, State Department urge Congress to take action on Zika funding before summer break

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In February, when the Obama Administration proposed a $1.9 billion package to respond to the Zika outbreak, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden heard it might take three months for Congress to approve it, and he was shocked. Five months later, with the Zika supplemental bill still mired in bipartisan gridlock while […]

House Health Funding Subcommittee approves bill with increases for NIH and new infectious disease fund to expedite health threat responses

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A bill approved by the House subcommittee appropriating health and human services funding would create a $300 million Infectious Disease Rapid Response Reserve Fund at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and give the CDC Director immediate access to funds to respond to future infectious disease emergencies. Saying he had discussed the establishment of […]