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Absence Of Funding For Zika Efforts Could Delay Public Health Responses To Virus

New York Times: Congress Takes a Vacation Without Doing Anything About Zika Editorial Board “Members of Congress are leaving Washington for seven weeks without passing a bill to pay for the fight against Zika. Their failure to do so will delay the public health response to the mosquito-borne virus that…

Obama Administration Officials Send Letter Urging Congress To Approve Zika Funding

Associated Press: Inaction on Zika funding likely to delay vaccine testing “The Obama administration on Tuesday cautioned top lawmakers that continued gridlock over legislation to combat the Zika virus could delay research and development of a vaccine to protect against Zika and tests to detect it. The warning came in…

Low Risk Of Zika Spreading In Most Countries Due To Olympic Games Travel, CDC Says; Colombia Sees Much Lower Numbers Of Zika-Related Fetal Deformities Than Brazil

Associated Press: Low risk in all but 4 countries of Olympics-related Zika “The upcoming Olympic games are not likely to have a major impact on the spread of Zika virus, although four developing countries could face a substantially higher risk, according to a new government estimate…” (7/13). Bloomberg: Finally, Some…

Kaiser Family Foundation Budget Summary Analyzes Global Health Aspects Of FY17 U.S. House SFOPs Bill

Kaiser Family Foundation: House Appropriations Committee approves FY 2017 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill This budget summary highlights global health-related funding contained in the FY 2017 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday. The summary states, “Funding in the bill for the…

U.S. Should Urge U.N. To Take Responsibility For Haitian Cholera Epidemic

Foreign Affairs: No Immunity from Cholera Debra L. Raskin, lecturer at Columbia Law School, and Anil Kalhan, associate professor at Drexel University Thomas L. Kline School of Law “…Despite [the evidence that U.N. peacekeepers brought cholera to Haiti,] the United Nations has refused to accept responsibility for the [2010 cholera]…

Opinion Pieces Encourage Congress To Act On Zika Response Plan

Los Angeles Times: The Zika crisis: How Congress abandoned its duty to govern Michael Hiltzik, columnist “…It’s tempting to blame Republicans and Democrats equally for the [Zika funding] impasse, but that’s not what the facts dictate. … The GOP majorities in the House and Senate have saddled Zika funding bills…

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