Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Obama asks Congress for $1.8B to fight Zika virus, push for vaccine

Nina Flanagan, healthcaredive.com

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  • President Obama will ask Congress for $1.8 billion in emergency funding to prepare and respond to the Zika virus, which is spread by two types of mosquitos [sic - JB].
  • More than one million people in South America have been infected since its emergence in 2014, with origins believed to be in Brazil.
  • Recent news that the non-lethal virus may be linked to at least six cases of microcephaly, a birth defect that causes incomplete brain development, has created an urgency to address how it spreads, prevention, and develop a vaccine. ...
  • The State Department will receive $41 million for medical support of State Department employees and U.S. citizens in affected countries, operational activities, public diplomacy, and communications. ...

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