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October 28, 2016: Pfizer Foundation Grants Department of Health $1,000,000 for Zika Response

Funds used for assisting investigations, education efforts, supplies

“The Florida Department of Health received a $1 million grant from the Pfizer Foundation on Monday to support efforts in responding to the Zika virus.

“All of the funds will be used for Zika activities.

“’Florida is leading the nation in the fight against Zika, and we are grateful for the support the Pfizer Foundation is putting forth to aid us in this effort,’ state Surgeon General and Secretary Dr. Celeste Philip said. ‘It is encouraging that entities like the Pfizer Foundation recognize the need for funding to ensure we are able to continue to protect the pregnant women in our communities.’

“Grant funds will be used for assisting with investigations, education efforts, supplies and response to resident and visitor concerns. The department said it is using part of the funds to purchase additional laboratory equipment and supplies. It will also use the funds to purchase Zika prevention kits to distribute in Miami-Dade County.

“’A challenge like Zika requires every organization to bring forward their resources and expertise to manage health risks that exist for people in affected areas of the country,’ Sally Susman, executive vice president of corporate affairs for Pfizer Inc. said. ‘We welcome the opportunity to partner with the Florida Department of Health and health care professionals in the state to address today’s health needs while work continues to identify longer-term solutions.’"

Source: News 4 JAX

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