White House to Shift Ebola Funds to Zika Fight


White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced Wednesday the White House will be repurposing $589 million of the remaining funds from the fight against the Ebola virus to aid in the combating the Zika virus. This amount is well below the $1.8 billion President Barack Obama requested from Congress for combating Zika earlier this year.

The administration “told Congress that just using some of the Ebola funds would be insufficient,” Earnest said. “That should be an indication to you that today’s actions … are a temporary fix, and not at all a long-term solution.”