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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of the President’s Call with President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil

The President spoke by phone today with President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff to discuss shared concerns over the spread of the Zika virus in the Western Hemisphere.  The leaders agreed on the importance of collaborative efforts to deepen our knowledge, advance research, and accelerate work to develop better vaccines and other technologies to control the virus.  The leaders agreed to continue to prioritize building national, regional, and global capacity to combat infectious disease threats more broadly. President Rousseff also confirmed her attendance at the Nuclear Security Summit to be held in Washington, D.C. from March 31 to April 1, and the leaders agreed to work together to make the Summit a success.