Florida to Put $25M Toward Developing Zika Vaccine: Gov. Scott

Florida Gov. 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 on Thursday.

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 program for universities and others interested in doing the research.

Scott visited Miami Beach Thursday as the announcement was made. He was asked by reporters if he knows how long it might take to develop a vaccine.

"I don't, I don't think anybody knows," Scott said.

This marks the third time that Scott has ordered the state to spend money fighting Zika. Florida has now set aside more than $61 million.

Meanwhile, the Florida Department of Health announced two new non-travel related Zika cases in Miami-Dade Thursday. One is from the Zika zone in Miami Beach and the department is investigating where the other case came from.

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