(WIAT) — Congress has finally given the National Institutes for Health the money they wanted to fight the Zika virus. Doctor Anthony Fauci, director for the Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, waited nearly nine months for Congress to deliver the funding.
The money will be used to pay for a vaccine trial that starts in 2017.
The Institute of Health ended up taking $34 million from funding for other critical diseases like cancer, heart disease and mental health to prepare a vaccine to protect against Zika.
Fauci wants to see the federal government create an emergency disease fund, like how FEMA deals with natural disasters, to avoid this crisis from happening again.