GLASS HOUSES: Remember The Obama / Siga Scandal?

Obama was involved in many scandals some of which I’ll bet you didn’t know about from 2011. One of those scandals has to do with buying smallpox vaccine from a company named Siga. In fact, Siga is the only company Obama allowed to bid on the contract which came in at $433 million dollars.

Not surprisingly, Siga is owned by a large Democratic donor and specifically a donor to Obama. Smallpox is a dreaded disease that kills 30% of the people who are exposed to it. But this shady deal has many problems.

  1. The only smallpox spores in the world are in safe locations in the United States and Russia
  2.  The cost per dose is $255
  3.  Siga’s drug has never been tested and may likely not work

The United States already had owned 1 billion dollars worth of smallpox vaccine. This was tested and found to be effective if given within 4 days of exposure. In fact, we had almost 3 times the amount we would need to inoculate the entire population of this country. At that, we purchased for three dollars a dose.

From The LA Times

Siga was awarded the final contract in May through a “sole-source” procurement in which it was the only company asked to submit a proposal. The contract calls for Siga to deliver 1.7 million doses of the drug for the nation’s biodefense stockpile. The price of approximately $255 per dose is well above what the government’s specialists had earlier said was reasonable, according to internal documents and interviews.

Once feared for its grotesque pustules and 30% death rate, smallpox was eradicated worldwide as of 1978 and is known to exist only in the locked freezers of a Russian scientific institute and the U.S. government. There is no credible evidence that any other country or a terrorist group possesses smallpox.

If there were an attack, the government could draw on $1 billion worth of smallpox vaccine it already owns to inoculate the entire U.S. population and quickly treat people exposed to the virus. The vaccine, which costs the government $3 per dose, can reliably prevent death when given within four days of exposure.

Stay tuned for more revelations about crooked politicians and things you may not have known.

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