“We’re looking at what’s happening in Europe, but we’re also looking at other parts of the world that have really been hit hard by the virus,” he said.
“I think that we’re really going to need to step up and make sure we have the resources to be able to contain the pandemic.”
“And then if we do have a good response to that, then the virus is likely to go back into remission.”
On Tuesday, Mr Turnbull announced that the Commonwealth Government was investing $1.5 billion to support Zika control measures in Australia.
In a statement, the Prime Minister said the investment was “to help prevent and manage the spread of the Zika pandemic”.
“It’s also a critical step to support the people of the Commonwealth who are being impacted by the Zika outbreak,” he added.
Mr Turnbull also announced a plan to provide more funding for the Commonwealth Health Service to improve its response to Zika, and to help develop strategies to help reduce the spread.
The Prime Minister’s announcement comes a day after the Commonwealth Bank announced it would give $4 billion in concessional loans to help pay for the Zika response.
Topics:health,emergency-incidents,government-and-politics,australiaFirst posted April 10, 2019 12:29:15Contact Nick O’BrienMore stories from New South Wales