Obama Starts Accumulating Funds To Fight Zika
There are just a few months left for the final term of President Obama in the politics involved with one of world’s most powerful nations, America; however, he still keeps striving for the goodwill of his country’s citizens. This time, it’s through his effort applied in fighting against Zika.
Since April 2015; an outbreak of Zika virus that initially started in Brazil, but quickly spread through the Southern and Central regions of America and the Caribbean has brought about a situation of emergency. President, Barack Obama is all set to obtain over 1.8 billion dollars in the form of emergency funds to provide relief to the infected, and further prevent the spread of the same. Moreover, it includes research, development and commercialization of new vaccines and diagnostic test for the virus, as well.
The London – based European Medicines Agency (EMA) reported that they have hired an expert task force of twelve groups to work toward developing a vaccine as well as advising companies working on the same.
It may come across as a cause of concern since there is up till now no vaccines or treatment for Zika. Infected individuals suffer mild symptoms such as fever or skin rashes. It is also found that the Zika infection is often a cause of severe birth defects in the major parts of Brazil among other nations. Therefore, public health officials are especially and majorly focused on pregnant women.
Comparing the newly emerging disease with Ebola, Obama states people need not panic when it comes to Zika since it does not consist of any grave health hazards. "The good news is this is not like Ebola; people don't die of Zika. A lot of people get it and don't even know that they have it," Obama told CBS News in an interview aired on Monday. "But there shouldn't be panic on this. This is not something where people are going to die from it. It is something we have to take seriously." Obama’s proposal also requested support for mosquito control, maternal health and other Zika – related public health efforts especially in America.
Director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, Dr. Anthony Fauci said he expects the initiation of phase one of the Zika vaccine trial by the end of summer. During this period, approximately three months will be invested in testing and checking if the vaccine is safe and induces a good immune response. Thereafter, further research on this subject can be conducted. A total staff of around three hundred members has been appointed in the Zika emergency centre for the purpose of reflecting a need for accelerated preparedness for possible local virus transmission by mosquitoes in America.
Taking into account the progress on Zika’s research for the cure and immediate mediation, lawmakers have even urged President, Obama to give Zika identification by the name of “Czae” in order to head America’s efforts against the virus. However, Dr. Anthony Fauci feels otherwise.