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CDC Uses New Emergency Response Teams To Address Zika Outbreak

Kaiser Health News/USA TODAY: CDC deploys new rapid response teams to fight Zika “…[B]uilding on its experiences with Ebola in 2014, the [CDC] has created new rapid response teams, called CDC Emergency Response Teams (CERT), that bring expanded expertise to contain an outbreak as quickly as possible. These groups include…

Opinion Pieces Discuss U.S. Congressional Stalemate Over Zika Virus Response

STAT: Back from Zika hot zone, ‘Mosquito Lady’ to Congress: Move it! Maureen Dowd, columnist for the New York Times “…When I got back to D.C. [from Puerto Rico], Joe Biden was on the steps of the Capitol proclaiming Zika a national emergency and urging Congress to stop stonewalling a…

Congress Must End Stalemate Over Zika Funding, Take Action Against Virus

Boston Globe: Zika toll mounts as Congress dithers Editorial Board “…[T]he stalemate in Congress over a $1.1 billion plan to fight the Zika virus is hard to fathom, even in a hyper-partisan era. It not only puts lives at risk, but courts deep skepticism about whether our government can live…

Prioritizing Women’s Rights Should ‘Be At The Center’ Of Zika Response

The Hill: Zika and the inter-connected fate of women’s rights Caitlin Horrigan, associate director of global advocacy for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Michelle Dixon, co-director of the Global Progressive Hub “…Adequately resourcing the Zika fight is not just an American women’s rights issue, it’s a global one.…

U.S. Vice President Biden Urges Congress To Act On Zika Funding, Other Issues

The Hill: Biden storms Capitol to lambaste GOP for inaction “Vice President Biden stormed Capitol Hill on Thursday to amplify the Democrats’ long-held charge that Republican ‘dysfunction’ has paralyzed Congress at the expense of the country. Appearing on the steps of the Capitol on a sweltering day in Washington, the…

Editorials Discuss Congressional Inaction On U.S. Zika Response

San Francisco Chronicle: Congress needs to fund the fight against the Zika virus Editorial Board “….The feuding [between congressional Democrats and Republicans] needs a compromise ending, not more delays … There’s reason to hope this impasse will fade. Elections are coming, and lawmakers don’t want to face voters fearful of…

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