U.S. Vaccine Agency Diverted Funds for Other Uses, Watchdog Says

Jan. 27, 2021, 5:14 PM

U.S. officials responsible for preparing for a pandemic routinely raided funds for public health emergencies, diverting money from vaccine development to pay for other projects at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a federal watchdog said Wednesday.

The Office of the Special Counsel said an anonymous whistle-blower tipped off authorities that funds intended for the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, or BARDA, were diverted away from vaccines and preparedness. Instead, millions went to pay for other expenses at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, including the removal of furniture, news subscriptions, and...

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