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Coronavirus Response Gets Boost From Post-Zika Emergency Fund

Feb. 11, 2020, 8:51 PM

The U.S. response to the latest coronavirus outbreak is being jump-started by a “game changer” emergency fund established after the 2016 Zika emergency, the CDC’s respiratory disease chief said.

Congress established the Infectious Diseases Rapid Response Reserve Fund in fiscal year 2019, which means that unlike during the SARS, Zika, and other outbreaks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had immediate access to supplemental money to use in an emergency. Typically, the CDC must wait for Congress to authorize additional funds.

“It made a huge difference in this outbreak because remember we’re talking about something that we didn’t know...

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