The National Institutes of Health (NIH) leader Francis Collins has claimed that budget cuts kept his organization from having already developed an Ebola vaccine.
Today, the NIH proudly announces:
the award of nearly $31 million in fiscal year 2014 funds to develop new approaches that engage researchers, including those from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical sciences, and prepare them to thrive in the NIH-funded workforce. These awards are part of a projected five-year program to support more than 50 awardees and partnering institutions in establishing a national consortium to develop, implement, and evaluate approaches to encourage individuals to start and stay in biomedical research careers. Supported by the NIH Common Fund and all NIH 27 institutes and centers, 12 awards will be issued as part of three initiatives of the Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce program.
There's nowhere to cut, and every dollar we don't give the government is some vital-to-civilization goal unmet.
Nick Gillespie blogged on the nonsense of claiming budgetary restraint hobbled the government's ability to respond intelligently and effectively to Ebola.