Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration is pumping a staggering $1.4 billion of taxpayer money into a new Covid vaccine push.
Despite the pandemic being over, Biden’s Health and Human Services (HHS) has directed the funding for new Covid research, vaccines, and therapies.
The move comes amid a recent expansion of a Covid fear campaign from the corporate media as the 2024 election approaches.
The big tax dollar spending suggests that Biden may be preparing to make his administration’s Covid response the centerpiece of his 2024 campaign.
Biden’s HHS issued a statement on the new effort that reads:
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.”
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).
Dr. Anthony Fauci’s replacement as the new director of NIAID is Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo.
Marrazzo is the mask-pushing, lab-leak-denying, vaccine-embracing, diversity choice of the medical-bureaucratic complex.
Much of the money is going to Covid vaccine development.
However, the finding comes despite the fact that most of the population now has Covid antibodies.
Nevertheless, new variants will continue to rise in cycles reminiscent of cold and flu viruses without being a threat.
HHS lists the funding as:
- $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.
Meanwhile, victims of the devastating wildfires in Hawaii will only receive a fraction of the funding.
According to the New York Times:
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 living in luxury on the island resorts.
As Slay News reported, FEMA officials have been staying at lavish taxpayer-funded lavish hotels and resorts that cost upward of $1000 per night:
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.
The disaster has been the deadliest wildfire in the U.S. for more than a century and caused an estimated $5 billion in damage.
The Biden admin is apparently betting that support from Big Pharma and deep state bureaucrats will carry the Democrat president over the victory line in November 2024.
There’s no better explanation for the funding choices that have been made this week.