After reading how funding to help develop a Zika Vaccine was slowed down by the US Congress I couldn't help but feel that it may be a little shortsighted.
With the Olympics approaching and increased traffic from the US to infected areas of the world should politics be put aside to help solve a problem?
The Zika virus is spreading in the U.S. with nearly 3,000 infections reported. U.S. funding that could lead to a vaccine to slow the virus is tied up in partisan politics but if Congress can reach a compromise, President Barack Obama says it is likely a vaccine will happen sooner rather than later. Following a briefing by top U.S. health officials last week the President urged Congress to find a path through so $1.1 billion can be released for research and other Zika control efforts. But he also vowed to veto a Republican bill that ties the funding to unrelated matters, like allowing Confederate flags to be flown at veterans’ cemeteries or cutting funding for Planned Parenthood.