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Sen. Ernst: Feds Misspent $500 Million Meant for Vaccines, Public Health Emergencies

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Sen. Ernst: Feds Misspent $500 Million Meant for Vaccines, Public Health Emergencies

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Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officials spent more than $500 million Congress meant for developing vaccines on office moving expenses, administrative costs, news media subscriptions, lawyers, and salaries. Beginning in 2009 under President Barack Obama and continuing through 2019, HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) misused funds Congress appropriated for the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) so frequently that it became known informally as the “Bank of BARDA,” according to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. The BARDA funds were meant to be used “to respond to public health emergencies like outbreaks of Ebola, Zika, and—now—COVID-19,” the Special Counsel told President Joe Biden in a Jan. 27 letter made public by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). Allegations by a whistleblower who chose to remain anonymous prompted an investigation by the HHS Inspector-General because the “misappropriations have been ongoing since fiscal year (Fiscal …

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