ORLANDO, Fla. – Today, following President Obama signing the bill to provide federal funding for the Zika virus, Governor Rick Scott called on the federal government to work quickly to provide necessary funding to Florida. The Governor also again called on the Obama administration and the CDC to fulfill his many outstanding requests for Zika preparedness and prevention resources.
Governor Scott said, “After two visits to Washington D.C. and months of calling on Congress to get something done, it is great to finally have federal funding approved. However, we are still waiting on many details about how this bill will be put to use. We do not yet know how much funding our state is getting and we do not know when we will receive it. But one thing is absolutely certain: Florida needs this funding now. Our pregnant women and their developing babies cannot wait.
“As the first and only state fighting local Zika cases, we are at the epicenter of this national crisis. While the federal government was dragging their feet, our state was taking aggressive action to protect our families and visitors. Since June, I have authorized $61.2 million in state funds for Zika, including $25 million to support research to develop a vaccine against the Zika virus and enhance Zika testing methods. Now that the president has approved this bill, the federal government must work quickly to send necessary funding to our state so we can continue to protect our state’s expecting mothers and their future children.
“I also still have multiple outstanding requests to the Obama Administration for resources and I hope these will be fulfilled quickly. The fight against Zika is not over and we still need the federal government to do their part.”
OUTSTANDING REQUESTS TO OBAMA ADMINISTRATION
- The CDC to match Florida’s $25 million investment in Zika research to help develop a vaccine. (Governor Scott requested on Sept. 28th)
- The CDC to take immediate action to accelerate their testing process. (Governor Scott requested on Sept. 28th)
- The CDC to provide Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami Beach with guidance on how to better control the mosquitos that carry Zika. (Governor Scott requested on Sept. 28th)
- An additional 10,000 Zika prevention kits. (Governor Scott requested on Aug. 19th)
- A detailed plan from the Obama Administration on how they would like Florida to work with FEMA now that Zika has become mosquito-borne. (Initially requested on June 1st – requested again Aug. 19th)