Major retailers join CDC to push for superbug funds


Walmart, McDonalds and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are all hammering Congress to dole out more funding to fight superbugs.

In separate efforts, a coalition of food producers and the government agency recently called on House and Senate appropriators to boost the $120-130 million allocated for funding antibiotic resistance measures. Antibiotic resistance is a major public health issue that has officials worried that existing antibiotics won't be enough to fight off deadly, resistant infections.

CDC Director Tom Frieden told the Washington Examiner that he hopes to get $264 million, the amount requested by President Obama in his fiscal 2016 budget, but didn't say what other amount he would be satisfied with.

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"It's not just about the money, it is primarily about lives," Frieden said during an event Wednesday sponsored by Pew Charitable Trusts at the Capitol. "We estimate over a five-year period that investment can prevent more than 600,000 infections."

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