U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has asked for the passing a $1.9 billion emergency funding bill required to fight the spread of the Zika virus.
On Sunday, Senator Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) asked his fellow senators and congress members to get their “behinds” back to Washington. The warning given by Schumer was nothing but a response to a recent U.S. travel warning for Miami. He also talked about the possible termination of vital clinical trials for the vaccine to contain the Zika virus due to lack of funds, reported the NY Daily News.
“It has been more than 165 days since the President requested emergency funding to fight Zika, but Congress has yet to pass a bill and public health now hangs in the balance: the time to act is now,” Schumer said.
“With clinical trials to beat Zika underway, we have a real shot at a vaccine, but unfortunately a Congress that went on recess rather than approve emergency funding is about to pull the plug on this Zika vaccine effort.”
Schumer said that if Congress does not return to Washington to pass the emergency funding package, people will regret it.
According to Jewish Political News, the emergency funding package is sort of an investment. This is because the cost of doing nothing will take a tremendous toll in dollars and in health consequences.
Schumer believes nothing is being done to control the Zika virus while Congress is on recess.
The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) had launched a clinical Phase 1 trial of an anti-Zika vaccine.
It has been reported that the vaccine will be tested by eighty volunteers by the end of August 2016.
Early 2017, NIAID has planned for a Phase 2 trial. However, Schumer believes the trial will not be possible if additional federal funds provided by the emergency bill are not administered.
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