The United States is set to take the first steps toward making dewormers mandatory for people on the brink of death, after President Donald Trump signed a sweeping bill into law on Thursday.
The law will take effect immediately, barring exemptions.
The move is the latest example of Trump’s war on disease, a strategy that includes targeting what critics call the “billion-dollar parasite,” the Zika virus, which was first diagnosed in the U-S.
in late March.
As of March, the country had just one confirmed case of Zika, and nearly 100,000 Americans have tested positive for the virus.
The number of cases has plummeted to its lowest level in years, as people have returned to the streets after being treated for the disease, which usually strikes in late pregnancy.
Trump, who took office in January, said he would take the next three years to make dewormer mandates a national policy.
He vowed to get rid of “fatalities” and put more money toward combating the virus, but his administration has been slow to act on a number of fronts.
He has also pledged to increase funding for research, and to create a new national fund for research on the disease.
Trump has repeatedly promised that the United States will deworm itself as part of his campaign promises, but he has yet to implement the program, according to government data.
While dewormings are part of Trump.s efforts to reduce deaths from the disease and boost his approval ratings, they have been a contentious issue for him, with some Democrats and health advocates questioning his motives.
Some Trump supporters have also complained about the lack of information about the program and its cost.
Trump’s health and human services secretary, Andy Slavitt, who was nominated by Trump in March, has promised to improve the health of Americans by reducing unnecessary travel, creating new opportunities for workers, and boosting the nation’s research and development spending.
In the past few months, Trump has taken an aggressive stance against the virus with tweets and tweets of his own, accusing some of not listening to the scientific community, saying he was not going to have to pay for more dewormed water, and making false statements about the number of confirmed cases.
The Trump administration has faced intense criticism from the scientific and medical community, with critics saying that the president has been a slow learner and has taken actions that put lives at risk.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number and type of cases in the United Stations increased significantly after the start of the year, and more than half of those deaths occurred in July.
Trump recently ordered a review of how the United states has conducted dewormage efforts, a move that was largely welcomed by health experts, who said it would provide an accurate picture of how many people are being treated.
But a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll showed that more than 50 percent of Americans opposed the president’s plan, which could complicate efforts to convince the American public that dewormment is a success.