Shortly after the Senate rejected a GOP-written funding package that would’ve provided $1.1 billion to help combat the Zika virus, Congress left town for a seven week recess, leaving additional funding for addressing the Zika crisis up in the air. As the reallocated Ebola money began to run out this month, $34 million was shuffled from other projects at the National Institutes of Health to allow the department to continue to administer vaccines and further NIH research into fighting the disease.
Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci said that if Congress doesn’t allocate additional funds to combat the crisis, the current money will run out in December.
“We asked for $277 million, and if you do the math and you look at all the money that was reshuffled in different places, when you pay it back we still need $196 million to go through 2017 and into 2018,” Fauci said.
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