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Hillary Clinton wants 'rapid response fund' for Zika, other threats



Hillary Clinton is proposing a “Public Health Rapid Response Fund” to deal with Zika and other public health threats.

In a statement Wednesday, the Democrat said it would provide consistent funding “to better enable the CDC, HHS, FEMA, state and local public health departments, hospital systems, and other federal agencies to quickly and aggressively respond to major public health crises and pandemics.”

She did not provide details on the level of funding or the source. The idea is not unique to her campaign.

“I will also ensure that our government has strong leadership and is organized to better support and work with people on the ground facing public health challenges. Doctors and public health experts have been warning for months that the Zika virus was likely to reach the continental United States, but Congress has failed to pass the President’s emergency funding request. As a result, the Zika virus has gained a foothold in Miami, and 196 people have already been infected in the city—infections that may have been preventable.”

RNC spokesman Ninio Fetalvo: "No such emergency fund would be necessary if weren’t for Hillary Clinton’s running mate and his Democrat allies blocking the much needed bill to combat Zika."

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 2:35pm]


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