Did budget cuts in the National Institute of Health lead to the panic of Ebola in the U.S.? The director of the N.I.H says yes. Dr. Francis Collins asserts the Republican party is responsible for the Ebola outbreak in the U.S. because they supported the budget cuts. He also says that the N.I.H. has been working on an Ebola vaccine for more than a decade but they would have been ahead for clinical trials if they had a higher budget.