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NIH Official Contradicts NIH Head’s Claim That Budget Cuts Caused Ebola Crisis

National Institute of Health director Francis Collins should not have suggested that increased spending would have averted the Ebola crisis, according to one of the top NIH officials responding to the disease.

“I don’t agree with that,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on Meet the Press.

Collins told the Huffington Post that “we probably would have had a vaccine [for Ebola] in time for this” if the agency hadn’t lost some of its funding in recent years.

Fauci acknowledged the spending cuts have resulted in less “robust” research, but he disagreed with the larger point. 

“You can’t say that,” he said. “I think you can’t say we would or would not have this or that. Everything is slowed down. But I wouldn’t make that statement.”

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