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President Barack Obama will request of Congress additional $1.8 billion dollars in emergency founding to combat and research on Zika virus, the Bloomberg reports, as the White House announced on Monday. Earlier, during the last-night interview with CBS This Morning, Obama said, “We are going to be putting up a legislative proposal to Congress to resource both the research on vaccines and diagnostics but also helping in terms of public health systems.
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 said. According to Obama, who spoke on CBS This Morning, “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,” Mr. Obama said. “What we now know though is that there appears to be some significant risk for pregnant women or women who are thinking about getting pregnant.”
The White House will release on Tuesday the President’s budget for the fiscal year of 2017.