Department of Health & Human Services shifting funds to fight Zika Virus
The Department of Health and Human Services is shifting $81 million dollars from one part of the department, to another, to help fight the Zika virus. The diverted money though, takes away from work to fight other diseases such as cancer and diabetes.
Health Secretary Sylvia Burwell said she's using her authority to move the money. She's moving $34 million dollars from within the National Institutes of Health and $47 million dollars from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority. The funds will keep Zika-related activities going.
The funding headaches started when Congress left for the summer recess without approving any money to fight the virus.
Without moving other money around, Burwell says current funding would run out at the end of this month and prohibit phase two of the Zika vaccine trial.