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Why is the U.S. Doubling Its Protection Against this Non-existent Health Enemy?

Why is the U.S. Doubling Its Protection Against this Non-existent Health Enemy?

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  • The U.S. government has awarded a nearly half a billion dollar contract to pharmaceutical company Siga Technologies for 1.7 million doses of an experimental smallpox drug called ST-246 (Tecovirimat).
  • The drug has been granted fast-track approval status by the FDA, without proper testing -- because testing a smallpox drug in human subjects is unethical, as it would require participants to be infected with smallpox.
  • The U.S. government has already stockpiled 300 million doses of potentially dangerous smallpox vaccine, which in addition to providing protection before exposure, is said to protect against smallpox after exposure --, in essence fulfilling the same (redundant) purpose as new ST-246 drug.
  • The U.S. government is claiming the need to stockpile the drug in order to strengthen U.S. preparedness against a hypothetical terrorist attack using weaponized smallpox. In reality, only the U.S. government and a Russian science institute are known to have the virus, which means that there is no reason to believe smallpox is in the hands of any terrorist group, or an imminent threat.
  • Siga was the only company the U.S. government asked to submit a proposal for the antiviral smallpox drug, even though its price of $255 per dose is far higher than what Department of Health and Human Service negotiators wanted to pay.
  • Siga board members and shareholders have donated heavily to political campaigns and its chief executive served on the U.S. National Biodefense Science Board advising on such matters as how to respond to biological terrorism.

By Dr. Mercola

The U.S. government has awarded a $433-million contract to pharmaceutical company Siga Technologies for 1.7 million doses of an experimental smallpox drug called ST-246 (Tecovirimat).


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