Florida pumps $25M toward Zika vaccine
TALLAHASSEE, Florida. (AP):
Florida Governor Rick Scott is using his emergency powers to direct $25 million in state money toward helping to develop a Zika virus vaccine.
Scott, who has been lashing out at the federal government for failing to pass a bill that includes Zika funding, announced his unusual action yesterday.
The Republican governor said that the money will be spent exclusively on Zika research, including speeding up the creation of a vaccine and developing new Zika testing methods. The Florida Department of Health will be ordered to draw up a grant programme for universities and others interested in doing the research.
Florida has now set aside more than $61 million in the fight against Zika.