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Shocker! Obama Donor Received $443 Million No-Bid Contract to Provide Sketchy Smallpox Vaccine

Chicago Tribune 14 November 2011 5 Comments

Over the last year, the Obama administration has aggressively pushed a $433-million plan to buy an experimental smallpox drug, despite uncertainty over whether it is needed or will work.

Senior officials have taken unusual steps to secure the contract for New York-based Siga Technologies Inc., whose controlling shareholder is billionaire Ronald O. Perelman, one of the world’s richest men and a longtime Democratic Party donor.

When Siga complained that contracting specialists at the Department of Health and Human Services were resisting the company’s financial demands, senior officials replaced the government’s lead negotiator for the deal, interviews and documents show.

When Siga was in danger of losing its grip on the contract a year ago, the officials blocked other firms from competing.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune


  • Rufino Torres said:

    Between this story and the Solyndra story, I’m amazed that Obama, as brilliant as he is, just doesn’t “get” free markets.

  • Whistleblower said:

    The Tribune left out the fact that Andy Stern (former head of SEIU) is on the board of SIGA.


  • Dee L said:

    Let’s not forget that Siga has a very ticked off competitor with some serious political clout behind it, so one has to wonder if this would still be an issue if the competitor didn’t have a beef. I also wonder if negotiations from similar procurements from other companies would also hold up to such scrutiny. Let’s also not forget that the process actually began under the Bush administration when funds were given to the company to develop the drug. Also, Perleman donates to both parties. And, look at the whole Board of Directors. It may surprise you that not long after Stern was appointed, Frances Townsend, Homeland Security Advisor to President Bush, was added and she is an expert on bioterrorism.

    While smallpox was eradicated, anyone with a basic biology degree can reverse engineer the virus from existing pox (cowpox etc.) viruses. An antiviral is needed for several reasons… First, smallpox in its early stages mimics cold/flu-like symptoms, so by the time it is discovered that a person may have spread smallpox it would be to late to administer the vaccine. The vaccine only has a four day window for use after a person is exposed. Second, not every person can tolerate the vaccine. About 20 to 25% of the population cannot be vaccinated due to health issues. I have eczema and cannot be vaccinated. Third, the vaccine itself is known to have serious side effects in those that are healthy. Interesting note is Siga’s product was used successfully in three cases where the vaccine caused serious illness. The CDC considers just one case of smallpox to be a national emergency and cleanup would be economically devastating. A good read on the subject is Demon in the Freezer by the same author of the Hot Zone. Yes, I am posting similar posts on various websites. I think some important facts are missing.

  • jack33 said:

    chicago, land of the corrupt

  • jack33 said:

    how can you live in this s h i t h o l e

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