Whatever you guys do, do go politicizing Ebola. The Democrats have that covered already.
The director of the National Insitutes of Health says that an Ebola vaccine would be ready by now if it were not for cuts to the NIH budget.
“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,'” Dr. Frances Collins told The Huffington Post in an article published Sunday. “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.”
Yes, the Puffington Host tells us this, so it must be true.
The NIH budget, at $29.3 billion in 2013, is almost the same as it was in 2004, at $28 billion, which does not factor in the toll of inflation. The budget is down from $31 billion in 2010.
Collins said he hopes that Congress will pass emergency funding for the NIH, but “nobody seems enthusiatic about that.”
Just one little problem here. Collins is full of shit.
The NIH budget has doubled since 2000, allocations to the U.S. National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases rose to $4.3 billion in 2004 from $1.8 billion in 2000, and as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal notes:
Consider the Prevention and Public Health Fund, a new series of annual mandatory appropriations created by Obamacare. Over the past five years, the CDC has received just under $3 billion in transfers from the fund. Yet only 6 percent—$180 million—of that $3 billion went toward building epidemiology and laboratory capacity.
It gets worse: