Obama presses Congress for Zika funding as worries grow
Washington: US President Barack Obama called on Congress Saturday to step up funding to combat the Zika virus, warning that delay is putting more Americans at risk. Mr Obama’s latest appeal, in his weekly radio address, came the day after the US authorities expressed deepening worry about the spread of the mosquito-borne virus, urging that all donated blood be tested for Zika. The Congress has denied past administration requests for Zika funding, instead redirecting funds that had been earmarked to fight Ebola, cancer and other diseases.
“That’s not a sustainable solution,” Mr Obama said. The delay for more funds “puts more Americans at risk. “Congress should treat Zika like the threat that it is” and “fully fund our Zika response,” he added. “A fraction of the funding won’t get the job done. You can’t solve a fraction of a disease.” Times of India