Obama presses Congress for Zika fund­ing as wor­ries grow

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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

US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama.

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