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Vox Discusses Disease Outbreak Preparedness, Funding With Public Health Thinkers

Vox: The U.S. doesn’t have an emergency fund for health crises like Zika. That’s a huge mistake. “…If we know that globalization, climate change, and other factors are only heightening the risk of potentially devastating pandemics, why do we subject health officials to what has become an annual scramble [for…

Washington Post Examines WHO Director General Elections

Washington Post: The World Health Organization is electing a new leader. Here’s what you need to know. “…WHO Director-General Margaret Chan will complete her term, and the World Health Assembly will vote on her successor in May 2017. What’s different about this election is increased transparency. Candidates will participate in…

Congress Should Respond ‘Quickly’ To Zika

The Hill: Funding the fight against Zika Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) “…[The U.S.] should be taking the lead on developing quick and accurate testing, eliminating the backlog of Zika tests causing some women to wait 30 days for answers, understanding exactly how the disease is spread, educating the public…

Senate To Consider 3 Proposals For Emergency Zika Funding Next Week

Associated Press: Senate deal reached on reduced Zika funding measure “Top Senate negotiators announced agreement Thursday on a $1.1 billion emergency funding measure to battle the Zika virus. That’s less than President Barack Obama’s $1.9 billion request, which has upset some senior Democrats…” (Taylor, 5/12). CQ News: Senate Appropriators Forge…

Congress Must No Longer Delay Zika Funding

Washington Post: The GOP Congress must stop hurting the Zika fight Editorial Board “…Now that Congress has returned from its recess, it is time to buckle down and approve the president’s request for about $1.9 billion in emergency funding, or something close to it. … The time to prepare for…

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