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Biden Admin Directs $1.4 Billion into New Covid Research, Vaccines, and Therapies

Biden Admin Directs $1.4 Billion into New Covid Research, Vaccines, and Therapies

How much have the wildfire victims of Maui received so far? $8.5 million.

Clearly, the Biden administration is ramping up to make its COVID response the centerpiece of its 2024 campaign.

I guess the Maui wildfire sympathy tour is not cutting it. Distractions are needed.

So, Biden’s Health and Human Services has directed $1.4 billion in funding for new COVID research, vaccines, and therapies.

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR), awarded more than $1.4 billion for Project NextGen to support the development of a new generation of tools and technologies to protect against COVID-19 for years to come.

The awards announced today follow extensive coordination with industry partners and include support for clinical trials that will enable the rapid development of even more effective and longer-lasting coronavirus vaccines, a new monoclonal antibody, and transformative technologies to streamline manufacturing processes.

“Project NextGen is a key part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to keeping people safe from COVID-19 variants,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “These awards are a catalyst for the program – kickstarting efforts to more quickly develop vaccines and continue to ensure availability of effective treatments.”

I would also like to note that Project NextGen is a $5 billion behemoth led by ASPR’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) in partnership with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). You may recall my recent post on the new director of NIAID, Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo, who is the mask-pushing, lab-leak-denying, vaccine-embracing, diversity choice of the medical-bureaucratic complex to replace Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Much of the money is going to COVID-19 vaccine development, despite the fact that basically, everyone has had COVID-19, and new variants will continue to rise in cycles reminiscent of colds and flu viruses.

  • $1 billion for four Phase IIb clinical trial studies on a COVID-19 vaccine. That funding will go to ICON Government and Public Health Solutions, Inc. of Hinckley, Ohio; Pharm-Olam, LLC, of Houston, Texas; Technical Resources International (TRI) Inc., of Bethesda, Maryland; and Rho Federal Systems Inc., Durham, North Carolina.
  • $326 million to Regeneron for a monoclonal antibody to prevent COVID-19.
  • $100 million to Global Health Investment Corp., a nonprofit organization that is managing an investment portfolio known as BARDA Ventures, referring to the federal agency called Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority. The portfolio should “expand investments in new technologies that will accelerate responses in the future,” according to a statement from HHS.

How much have the wildfire victims of Maui received so far? $8.5 million.

Ms. Criswell told reporters on Monday that the disaster relief agency had distributed more than $8.5 million to Maui, including $3.6 million for direct rental assistance. More than 1,000 federal officials were on the ground, and close to 2,000 victims had been moved into hotel rooms on Maui.

However, the federal employees responding to the Maui disaster live quite well on the island resorts.

Bungling U.S. government bureaucrats dispatched to the Maui disaster zone are shacked up in $1,000-a-night luxury hotels on the Hawaiian island, can reveal.

Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have been slammed by locals over their slow response to the devastating wildfires that have claimed at least 114 lives and left thousands of people homeless after their houses were scorched to the ground.

But that has not stopped the under-fire agency from splashing taxpayer cash to put up more than 1,000 of its personnel at four bank-breaking resorts in Wailea after the deadliest wildfire in the U.S. for more than a century that caused an estimated $5billion in damage.

The Biden administration is calculating that support from Big Pharma and Deep State bureaucrats will carry him over the victory line in November 2024. It is the best explanation for the funding choices that have been made this week.


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I just directed $15 into my local pharmacy to renew my Ivermectin scrip.

Oh goodie – more mandatory, expensive, and lucrative shots and meds to treat the flu.

That’s a lot of money when the conclusions have already been reached.

The Gentle Grizzly | August 24, 2023 at 4:35 pm

“Biden Admin Directs… What happened to Congress holding the power of the purse?

retiredcantbefired | August 24, 2023 at 5:14 pm

The Deep State and its cronies need to be paid off.

How many at NIAID, etc., are eligible for royalties?

    Those royalties should go to the US Treasury. No private business allows its employees to collect royalties for inventions/discoveries done on company time.

I wonder how many Medicare and Social Security recipients they estimate they can kill this time. That’s one way to “fix” the funding shortfall.

2smartforlibs | August 24, 2023 at 5:24 pm

WUFLU right not like it’s going to fund vote-rigging schemes.

Biden offered $700 dollars per family I believe in Maui


Weren’t we reading headlines just weeks ago about the vast amounts of unu$ed vaccines? This administration is burning through our money like crazy. I almost said “eventually they’ll be nothing left to spend.” We are way past that.

    Ironclaw in reply to WestRock. | August 24, 2023 at 7:13 pm

    They’re not burning away our money, they’re piling on even more debt because we don’t have any money

      Bruce Hayden in reply to Ironclaw. | August 24, 2023 at 7:53 pm

      The vaccines they have are mostly expired. Actually, if I remember correctly, well expired, since the feds were allowing them to use slightly expired vaccines.

      Another high official just went to work with Pfizer, and, of course, that company and Moderna are kicking back millions to the fed researchers who did unchanged of the original work. That money has to come from somewhere, which means more vaccine contracts. The good news is that they are finally ditching the deadly Wuhan variant spike generating ModRNA in their vaccines – 20 months after it became obsolete (12/21 when Omicron pushed out Delta in the US).

        “”The good news is that they are finally ditching the deadly Wuhan variant spike generating ModRNA in their vaccines””

        An article in the Epoch Times mentions that they not only are continuing to develop and use ModRNA technology, they’re working on saRNA technology that can be used in aerosoles, added to food, etc. The mad scientists aren’t getting any saner.

          Bruce Hayden in reply to txvet2. | August 25, 2023 at 12:40 am

          For those who aren’t following this, the mRNA vaccines are actually ModRNA (modified mRNA). The developers of these vaccines have replaced the typical Uridines in RNA with N1 Methylpseudouridines. One of the reasons for this (and a cause of many of the side effects) is that this substation helps hide the mRNA from the immune system. The result is that the modified mRNA can survive in the body for months, instead of the typical maybe 15 minutes. Normally, the immune system destroys mRNA found outside cells. But that doesn’t work if the immune system doesn’t recognize it as mRNA. RNA with Pseudouridine is more stable than with Uridine, but sometimes wobble bonds, with the wrong nucleotide bases, thus sometimes transcribing incorrectly. This problem is solved by the use of N1 Methylpseudouridine instead.

          Paul in reply to txvet2. | August 25, 2023 at 9:04 am

          “This problem is solved by…”

          Really? Is it? Show me the long term double-blind clinical trials in humans.

    henrybowman in reply to WestRock. | August 24, 2023 at 10:41 pm

    Whenever a decision is to be made, the Biden admin invariably chooses the alternative that degrades the USA the most and the fastest.

More money pissed away by the pedophile in Chief

Why are we still chasing vaccines for COVID variants when we already have herd immunity and excellent drug treatments?

    henrybowman in reply to Valerie. | August 24, 2023 at 10:48 pm

    ZeroHedge headline today:
    Shocked!? CDC Says New COVID-19 Variant Could Cause Infections In Vaccinated People
    Duh. So could all the old COVID variants, not that they’ll ever point that out.

When does the Ukraine (the 51st state) get their billions in Taxpayer, I mean COVID money?

$1.4 Billion? What is Hunter’s cut?

Just say No.

Florida Surgeon General: Do Not Cooperate With Mask Mandates

“What do you call re-imposing mask policies that have been proven ineffective or restarting lockdowns that are known to cause harm?” posted Ladapo on X this morning. “You don’t call it sanity. These terrible policies only work with your cooperation. How about refusing to participate…”

While it is commendable to preen about rejecting state mandates such as masking, there is really no mechanism by which to resist.

Do you need to go to the bank to do something beyond withdrawing cash? You need to go talk to a banker. The security guard will tell you to mask up. Can you resist in this situation? Sure, but you cannot get your transaction completed.

Do you need some groceries? The grocery store will not allow you to shop without a mask. How do you resist this situation? You go without groceries.

It’s all fine and good to state that you will not comply, but in reality, if you do not comply you cannot go about your life.


    I guess it depends where you live, really. Here in Florida, we all did the mask thing and even adhered to the social distancing arrows and weirdo lines on the floor. At first. But as it became clear that masking and social distancing were useless, we all just stopped. Sure, there were signs on the doors, and at some places (early on) they even handed out masks (since none of us wore them), but we just walked right in and stuck the mask in our purse (or pocket) and went about our business. The only time I recall being told to mask up after I walked in anyway was at the DMV, and as you note, I needed to do business there, so I did. I rolled my eyes, and the guy did, too, so I figured it wasn’t really his choice, either. 🙂 Oh, and I also had to use the drive-thru at my (soon to be former) bank because they wanted me to wear a mask inside. I didn’t mind that too much, though, since I didn’t really need to go in anyway.

    If they can’t fine you or jail you (and they cannot here in Florida), then you just go to a different grocery store–not that you’ll find one that won’t let you in, even if they have a stupid sign on the door–and move out of that big bank and into a local one (if you haven’t already done that, do it anyway and not for resisting masking). If you live somewhere that won’t let you NOT comply, move. Seriously. This is just the starter round, and you don’t want to be fleeing your tyrannical area with only what you can carry on your back as a refugee back into America. 😛