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BioShield: Obama Diverted Funds From Its Fight Against Ebola, Other Threats

November 4, 2014

Seeking a more robust defense in the event of a bioterrorist attack on the United States, the Bush administration created a $6 billion fund to prepare the nation for such threats, including the deadly Ebola virus.

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We have a disturbing story from The Daily Signal that the Bush Era program called, Project BioShield had funds diverted from it to be used for other purposes when the program had been created to handle threats such as Ebola. Even after our feckless tyrant Obama had mentioned Ebola in his first State of the Union address he had at the same time transferred funds from this program and had taken Ebola off the programs preparedness mission:

In his 2010 State of the Union address, after a year in office, President Obama announced an initiative to “give us the capacity to respond faster and more effectively to bioterrorism and more effectively to bioterrorism or an infectious disease — a plan that will counter threats at home and strengthen public health abroad.”

The rhetoric were great sound bites for his first SOTU address. However; that is not what he had Kathleen Sebelius actually did with these funds and all future allocations by Congress:

In its March 2010 report, the National Biodefense Science Board called for reauthorization of BioShield, specifying that it should be “adequately funded.”  The science board said the “funds should not be diverted to support other initiatives, regardless of the merit of other purposes.”

The report goes on to list instances where BioShield money was diverted to other projects in 2009 and 2010, during the first two years of the Obama administration, it says:

Setting aside the merits of other funding targets, repeated diversions of the Special Reserve Fund raise doubts about the intention of the U.S. government to consistently fund the [medical countermeasures] enterprise over multiple years. Transfers from the [fund] to other entities must be avoided if industry confidence in the U.S. government as a partner is to be fostered.

Congress did allocate more funding to Project BioShield — $2.8 billion through 2018 — but the Obama administration and lawmakers continue to divert money for other purposes, some unrelated to the mission. The Congressional Research Service addressed that concern in its June report on BioShield to Congress.

The diversions continued and this led Sebilius to spew more rhetoric for this drastically vital program that we have an Ebola vaccine ready for an epidemic. Since private pharmaceutical companies were not interested in developing a vaccine due to such a small population, this contagion had killed only 1500 since the 1970's. This led to another directive for funding a vaccine:

Five months after the science board’s recommendations, in August 2010, then-HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius delivered a speech marking release of an HHS examination of the Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise, the interagency group.

Sebelius announced a plan creating, among other things, a “strategic investment fund” for new countermeasure technologies.

Joined by Tony Fauci, director of NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Robinson, the BARDA director, Sebelius specifically addressed the government’s increased focus on medical countermeasures.

She cited a potential Ebola outbreak as cause for due diligence in developing such measures:

Right now, there’s little incentive for private companies to produce medical countermeasures for rare conditions, like Ebola virus or exposure to non-medical radiation. And yet, in the event of an Ebola outbreak or nuclear explosion, these countermeasures would be critical.

The goal of the HHS plan, Sebelius said, was to “add more life-saving products to the pipeline, enabling critical programs like BioShield to work the way they are supposed to.”

According to HHS annual reports on Project BioShield, however, the Obama administration hasn’t used any of the initiative’s funds to back grants for development of an Ebola vaccine.

This is the reality of the funding since 2004, which much of it coming under Obama which has not prepared this nation to face this threat preferring to divert funds to other programs and most notably increasing the citizens reliance on entitlement programs to buy votes for future elections.

This is the reality of these diversions:

Of the total $3.3 billion budgeted for medical countermeasures from 2004 to 2014, 90 percent, or $3 billion, went to address just three threats: anthrax, smallpox and botulinum (which can cause botulism).

No countermeasures funding went to the remaining 11 chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats identified by the Department of Homeland Security, including Ebola.

“It does not matter if the threatening pathogen is a natural one like Ebola is today, or a weaponized one from some former Soviet scientist, we need to constantly upgrade our defenses,” Heritage’s Bucci said. “Failing to make that investment is just wrong.”

In September and October, though, the Obama administration did authorize funding under BARDA to develop two Ebola vaccines as the outbreak spread throughout West Africa and four Americans were diagnosed with the disease.

“The Ebola outbreak in West Africa underscores how medical and public health preparedness and response programs, especially BARDA’s medical countermeasure work, are a matter of national security,” Burr said. “It’s not enough to prioritize this work only in the matter of crisis.”

Here we are in 2014 and the Obama regime has purposely mismanaged this project to develop a vaccine for Ebola and has only started this vital task in September. While making a lot of noise about it since 2009 and 2010 to receive increased funding for this express purpose. This is troubling since the funds had been re-purposed while they received funding under false pretenses to divert to other programs.

It is interesting to note that it was during this same period that budgets were not handled in the proper manner through Congress where they preferred to fund our government with continuing resolutions. The difference is that line item budgets are not created and blanket zero based budgeting and funding is put in its place, making reconciliation of allocated funds all but impossible after the fact.

Then when we look to actions a different picture emerges during the last budget cycle we had the DOJ increase funding for prisoner drugs to a level that was 3X that of the Bush administration while prisoner population growth was at its lowest level since 1980.

We discussed this in our DOJ Spending  3X More for Prisoners Drugs article:

Federal spending for drugs and biologicals for federal prisoners have increased dramatically under Obama. The question is why? The prison population is at its lowest level of growth since 1980:

“The total number of inmates in federal prison increased by approximately 900 prisoners in FY2012 and approximately 600 inmates in FY2013, the lowest level of annual growth in the number of inmates in any fiscal year since FY1980,” according to a Congressional Research Service report.

Patriots & Tyrants has tracked much of the unbridled spending of this regime and we have also shown the consequences for this spending with reduced economic growth and stagnant employment. This type of spending on specific materials is curious and requires more investigation.

We have reported on the strange purchases of explosives by the State Department and sub-machine guns by the Department of Agriculture, this is a pattern that is disturbing as agencies of the federal government are purchasing materials and quantities that are inconsistent with their federal charter and purpose as an agency of the federal government.

Where are all these goods actually going, these quantities of drugs are disproportionate to the prison population and growth?

We even made a wild accusation about this expenditure in our article, looking back now that Ebola has been let loose in the world we are not so sure it was that imprudent:

Its as if these are being stockpiled for a specific reason and we are not being told what is going on. Is this, a doomsday stockpile and we are paying for it with our hard earned dollars without any benefit being derived from it, now or in the future. Weapons and ammunition, explosives now drugs the only missing purchases would be food stuffs.

With all the wacky nut job’s we have in this regime like Gina McCarthy, it would not surprise me that one of these miscreants would go rouge and unleash a virus to destroy a large portion of humanity for their Gaia worship and all things ecological, look at all the money wasted on green projects. My money is on Gina.

To recap, here we are six years later, and our feckless tyrant and his band of miscreants told Congress they were going to develop a vaccine for Ebola and didn't. They chose instead to divert these funds to other programs and purposes. Then we have the actual spending of increased drugs and biologicals through the DOJ for supposedly federal prisoners for fiscal years 2012 and 2013 right through this year. Where are these drugs and what was the purpose for them along with the submachine guns, ammunition, weapons and explosives.

Now that we have Ebola on the loose this regime just recently makes a token effort to create a vaccine, this is simply too little too late. Then with all the other initiatives to bring destruction to this nation with the illegal alien nation packing scheme to bring hegemony to the National Socialist Party (Democrats) we see this as a deliberate action to destroy this nation.

We find it curios that Ebola is ravaging western Africa, when all past outbreaks have been in the bush and the spread of this pathogen has never been seen at this level, at least not in modern times. Suffice it to say that we are dubious at best of the actions, and rhetoric of this tyrants regime in this matter.

To say they dropped the ball is a massive understatement and their actions appear, deliberate given the report we discuss above. Please view this video and try to determine if we have a cogent and rational plan for Ebola, then ask the follow on question why not. From The Daily Signal.

Obama Diverted Funds From an Ebola Vaccine Project

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