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WASHINGTON — It seems like an agency tailor-made for a crisis like the coronavirus pandemic.

The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, or BARDA, was created to invest in drug development projects that private industry wouldn’t touch, such as anthrax vaccines and therapies for Ebola, Zika, or swine flu.

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  • Bragging getting grants out in 12 days betrays the likelihood that BARDA is sole-sourcing its grants. Peer review, if any, would be almost impossible. I seriously doubt that my old employer, NIH (which has an entire center that coordinates peer reviews), could assemble a peer review team of experts, read and evaluate applications, write reviews, and hold online scoring meetings in a mere 8 days – assuming it takes at least 4 days to cut award checks.

  • Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson is partnering with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to fund over $1 billion in COVID-19 vaccine and antiviral treatment research and development, the company said on Monday.
    CDC recommends people wear cloth masks in public.
    Where do I get one?

  • OK Bruce,

    This is the conclusion of Taiwanese scientists? Really/ Names? Institutions Expertise? Degrees? Most importantly where have their conclusions ever published in Western peer reviewed journals? NEJM, JAMA, Lancet, BMJ? Anywehre at all? Please stop spreading fake news Bruce!

    • John Chu. Well, I accept your criticism. I may not have considered the authenticity of the information, but this is also my best effort to find the truth. I also crave the truth, thank you. I hope to make a friend with you

  • Unfortunately I have had personal professional experience with BARDA. To say BARDA is a JOKE is kind. It really is a collection of Buffoons some with Doctoral Degrees none with any intellectual horsepower. I cannot imagine a worse way for any money to be spent. Used to work at the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute. Another pathetic JOKE in the world of Science. They are great at taking money but are incapable of doing anything. They had some BARDA money not much. Other private DOD funded places got more money from BARDA. But dumb and bad ideas reign supreme in BARDA. The Pigs are at the trough and they have an infinite appetite.

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