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HHS Secretary Burwell Warns Of Dwindling Zika Funds In Letter To Congress

The Hill: Health chief warns Congress: Zika funds quickly running out “Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell is warning that administration funds to fight the Zika virus are quickly running out. In a letter to congressional Republicans sent Monday, Burwell points to a range of responses that will be…

Devex Examines Gates Foundation’s Grant Funding For 2015

Devex: Top Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant implementers for 2015 “…The Gates Foundation has five main program areas: global development, global health, global policy and advocacy, communications, and U.S. programs. Global development has consistently garnered the bulk of the foundation’s grant funding, but in 2015 the foundation reported a…

Editorial, Opinion Piece Discuss Congress’s Role In U.S. Response To Zika Virus

Tampa Bay Times: Editorial: Congress should go back to work to fight Zika Editorial Board “…Health officials continue to combat the [Zika] virus using modest amounts of money from other sources. [Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R)] continues to implore Washington to act, and Florida’s two senators, [Marco Rubio (R) and…

Calls Increase For Congress To Reconvene During Recess To Pass Zika Funding Legislation

Forbes: Obama Tries to Budge Congressional Republican Resistance Against Zika Funding “At President Obama’s press conference on August 4, he tried to awaken Congress about its failure to pass a $1.1 billion funding bill to deal with the looming Zika pestilence…” (Tiefer, 8/4). The Hill: HHS warns: Zika vaccine funding…

White House, Senate Democrats Should Not Politicize Zika Response

USA TODAY: Drop the politics, put health first: Paul Ryan Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), speaker of the House “We shouldn’t be politicizing the Zika threat. We should be fighting it. From the start, the Republican-led Congress has made it a priority to enact smart measures and secure resources to protect…

U.N., Countries Must Address All Barriers To Improve Access To Medicines

Devex: U.N. needs to look beyond patents for improving access to medicines David J. Olson, technical adviser for the Palladium Group “…[L]eaks from [U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines’] highly secretive proceedings suggest that the secretary general told the panel to focus on intellectual property and…

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