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Waiting for that nasal spray that fights COVID45?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 20, 2022 07:35AM
You’ll have to wait a lot longer because Republicans are still blocking new funding.

[www.nytimes.com]

Operation Warp Speed, the Trump-era program that poured billions of dollars into developing Covid shots, seemed to signal a new dawn of American vaccine making, demonstrating how decades of scientific grunt work could be turned into lifesaving medicine in a matter of months.

But as a third pandemic winter begins in the United States, its vaccine-making effort has lost steam. Efforts to test and produce next-generation Covid vaccines are bogged down by bureaucratic problems and funding shortfalls. Foreign rivals have raced ahead in approving long-awaited nasal-spray vaccines, including one invented in St. Louis, creating a scenario in which Americans would have to travel abroad for the latest in American vaccine technology.

The Biden administration has launched a last-ditch effort to restore the country’s edge. In a bid to resurrect Operation Warp Speed, President Biden asked the lame-duck session of Congress this week for $5 billion for next-generation vaccines and therapeutics, as part of a broader $9.25 billion pandemic spending request. But Republicans, having blocked requests for next-generation vaccine funding since the spring amid complaints about how the White House spent earlier pandemic aid allocations, have shown no signs of dropping their resistance.



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Re: Waiting for that nasal spray that fights COVID45?
Posted by: AllGold
Date: November 20, 2022 02:15PM
Ruck Fepublicans!
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Re: Waiting for that nasal spray that fights COVID45?
Posted by: Acer
Date: November 20, 2022 03:49PM
Gotta make up for all the PPP money Trump handed out while ignoring the oversight provisions that were in the legislation.
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Re: Waiting for that nasal spray that fights COVID45?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: November 21, 2022 08:30AM
Note to self: order intranasal spray online for shipping from India.

But seriously, this is hardly the first time that we end up handing patents and manufacturing to foreign countries, where we then end up becoming dependent on those medications coming from those countries. It's wholly unAmerican and contrary to the "Buy USA" message that the Republicans supposedly support.




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Re: Waiting for that nasal spray that fights COVID45?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: November 21, 2022 12:44PM
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Acer
Gotta make up for all the PPP money Trump handed out while ignoring the oversight provisions that were in the legislation.
He specifically forbade oversight.
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