Unconscionable? Yes, but that’s exactly what Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the NIH, did in this interview with Sam Stein of The Huffington Post:
An excerpt from the linked to piece:
Dr. Francis Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health, said that a decade of stagnant spending has “slowed down” research on all items, including vaccinations for infectious diseases. As a result, he said, the international community has been left playing catch-up on a potentially avoidable humanitarian catastrophe.
“NIH has been working on Ebola vaccines since 2001. It’s not like we suddenly woke up and thought, ‘Oh my gosh, we should have something ready here,'” Collins told The Huffington Post on Friday. “Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready.”
It’s not just the production of a vaccine that has been hampered by money shortfalls. Collins also said that some therapeutics to fight Ebola “were on a slower track than would’ve been ideal, or that would have happened if we had been on a stable research support trajectory.”
“We would have been a year or two ahead of where we are, which would have made all the difference,” he said.
We knew this was coming, no?
And libs are doing their little happy dance over this latest report:
Conservatives, however, disagree, and point to waste and other moronic NIH initiatives that have kept the NIH from doing its job:
Tune in tomorrow for the latest!
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Editor’s note: The title of this post has been changed.