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1.8 Billion Dollars Needed to Combat Zika?

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Really? King Putt is pushing congress to give the CDC 1.8 billion to fight the Zika! I think the CDC already has enough money. Maybe they should take a little from some of their other programs.

Obama launches Zika funding push

The Obama administration on Monday rushed into action to fight the Zika virus, hoping to prevent a widespread outbreak in the United States and calm public fears about the mysterious disease. 

The White House announced it is asking Congress for $1.8 billion in emergency funding to better research and track the virus at home and abroad.

Public health officials said Monday they do not expect an “explosive” outbreak in the U.S., noting that similar mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue fever have been controlled in Texas, Florida and other Southern states.

But they stressed it is crucial for the U.S. to take steps now to fight the virus before mosquito bites become more common in the warmer months. 

“We’re never presumptuous,” said Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “We never assume the least; we always assume the worst.”

Several lawmakers, including Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), were quick to support the White House’s emergency funding request. 

But leaders of the health and national security committees were noncommittal about the funding package, saying they will wait to hear directly from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in a Tuesday briefing.

Most of the funding — $1.48 billion — would go to HHS, and majority of that would be directed to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

The CDC has vowed to pour more resources into new research, better testing and stronger tracking of people carrying the virus. The agency is focused on heading off the disease in the southern United States and Puerto Rico, where people are most exposed to the mosquito that spreads the virus. 

Fauci said a vaccine may not be widely available for several years but stressed that $200 million included in the proposal could help accelerate development. 

More: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/268671-obama-launches-zika-funding-push

 

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Typical Democratic mindset, that if you through enough money at something, it'll get better. Just like his BS about more funding for a cancer cure.  :JSfrXsb::JSfrXsb::JSfrXsb:

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13 minutes ago, BlueHawK said:

Typical Democratic mindset, that if you through enough money at something, it'll get better. Just like his BS about more funding for a cancer cure.  :JSfrXsb::JSfrXsb::JSfrXsb:

Yes, it's always about the money, isn't it?  All of those involved in finding a cancer cure should be fired. Every time I hear about one of their miraculous discoveries, it either involves destruction of the human body and if someone lives, it's in SPITE of the treatment or it's coming out in ten years from now. What's with that 10 year thing?

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I suspect big Pharma might be hurting a bit because so many people are turning to Alternative Medicine. Most of the money will probably be funneled to the drug companies so they can create another bogus vaccination designed to kill people.

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Hummmm..............

An Indian biotech company has been developing Zika vaccines for over a year

Krishna Ella never expected to be holding the key to fighting a new global health emergency. Yet, his Indian firm, Bharat Biotech, has become the first in the world to have two vaccine candidates against the rapidly spreading Zika virus, which has infected millions of people in Latin America and has the potential to spread worldwide.

Zika doesn’t cause much harm to adults. Most infected individuals are symptomless, and those who experience a bout of fever or red rash often recover within a few days. What has raised alarm is its link to the serious neurological birth defects known as microcephaly, in which babies are born with tiny brains.

Bharat Biotech got the jump on every pharmaceutical company in the world when it started working on a Zika vaccine in November, 2014. The current Zika outbreak is thought to have begun in Brazil in April, 2015.

“We never expected that the virus will become a serious issue,” Ella told Quartz. The virus drew the Hyderabad-based firm’s attention because the clinical features of early-stage of Zika infection are indistinguishable from those of dengue and chikungunya, two mosquito-borne infections that are prevalent in India.

There is now a rush to develop a vaccine. Global firms including France’s Sanofi and Japan’s Takeda have begun their own research. But Bharat Biotech was the first company to file a patent for a Zika vaccine, which is now in pre-clinical testing as the firm prepares to test it on animals.

“We were the first ones to secure the chikungunya genome in 2007. Still, there is a perception that an Indian company cannot do path-breaking research,” Ella, who has a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told Quartz. He founded Bharat Biotech in 1997 after he returned to India from the US.

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The vaccine business model

Vaccines are a tough market for pharmaceutical companies: success rates are low and costs are high. Then, in most cases, once the vaccine is ready, there is not much money to be made in sales. The dose, after all, is supposed to stop individuals from getting a disease, rather than provide continuous treatment.

However, the one thing in Bharat Biotech’s favour is that it has been working on neglected tropical diseases. As the name suggests, these diseases have received little attention and thus are rich areas to pick low-hanging fruits.

The privately held firm generates annual revenue of around $100 million. It holds 50 patents and has delivered more than three billion vaccine doses in more than 65 countries.

Bharat Biotech has in the past received monetary aid for research and development from philanthropies, such as the Gates Foundation, and governments of India, Norway and the UK. In March 2015, Bharat Biotech launched the Rotavac vaccine (pdf), which is used to treat rotavirus diarrhoea.

More: http://qz.com/609291/this-indian-biotech-firm-is-the-worlds-first-to-ready-a-zika-vaccine-for-testing/

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2 minutes ago, CGK said:

I suspect big Pharma might be hurting a bit because so many people are turning to Alternative Medicine. Most of the money will probably be funneled to the drug companies so they can create another bogus vaccination designed to kill people.

 

I have a low opinion of the medical establishment and big pharma is at the top of that list. I'm sure they're working on a vaccine as we speak. 

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7 minutes ago, Cinnamon said:

 

I have a low opinion of the medical establishment and big pharma is at the top of that list. I'm sure they're working on a vaccine as we speak. 

They already have one. The problem is it was created by a biotech firm in India. If they rolled the Indian vaccine out there would be no reason to frisk the American people for 1.8 billion.

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31 minutes ago, CGK said:

They already have one. The problem is it was created by a biotech firm in India. If they rolled the Indian vaccine out there would be no reason to frisk the American people for 1.8 billion.

Wouldn't surprise me if the "outbreak" wasn't engineered to coincide with the research by a rival company's work on a vaccine, nope, not at all. :DWsKVPL:

The links to Geuillain-Barre syndrome are the most worrisome. Imagine your eyes suddenly going paralyzed, then rapidly through the entire body. Including the autonomic nervous system, and you simply stop breathing

http://time.com/4209612/zika-guillain-barre-syndrome-cdc/

 

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