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Operation Warp Speed To Keep Covid-19 Vaccine Contracts Secret
Wednesday, November 04, 2020 11:00 am Email this article
Here are highlights from an eye-opening article about the US government’s Operation Warp Speed to develop and distribute a vaccine for Covid-19.
The article notes:
”... NPR quietly reported that the US government’s Operation Warp Speed, ... had taken the unusual step of awarding contracts to vaccine companies, not directly, but through a secretive defense contractor [Advanced Technology International]. ...
NPR noted that the decision to use a nongovernment intermediary like ATI [Advanced Technology International] to issue the coronavirus vaccine contracts, ... allows Operation Warp Speed to “bypass the regulatory oversight and transparency of traditional federal contracting mechanisms.”
This means that, among other things, the vaccine contracts awarded under Operation Warp Speed are unlikely to be publicly released…”
The article continues saying:
“The “secret” vaccine contracts awarded through ATI as part of Warp Speed total approximately $6 billion, accounting for the majority of Operation Warp Speed’s $10 billion budget. ...
Operation Warp Speed, … is a highly secretive program dominated by military personnel ...
Given that Operation Warp Speed’s official purpose is to use taxpayer funds to produce, accelerate, and distribute a medical treatment (i. e., vaccine) to Americans, there is no reason for such extreme secrecy and also no reason for the excessive role of the military and secretive contractors like ATI and ANSER in the execution of this “public health” effort.
While the officially stated purpose of Warp Speed makes the extreme secrecy involved seem not just unnecessary but absurd, it is worth noting that several recent revelations regarding Warp Speed’s structure, strategy, and execution strongly suggest that the reason for the operation’s covert nature is because its scope goes well beyond its publicly stated purpose.
For instance, Stat News noted last week that Operation Warp Speed “looks a lot more like a military operation than a science project,” adding that “roughly 60 military officials—including at least four generals—are involved in the leadership of Operation Warp Speed, many of whom have never worked in health care or vaccine development.”
That report also pointed out that “just 29 of the roughly 90 leaders on the chart aren’t employed by the Department of Defense.”
NPR noted that the decision to use a nongovernment intermediary like ATI to issue the coronavirus vaccine contracts, ... allows Operation Warp Speed to “bypass the regulatory oversight and transparency of traditional federal contracting mechanisms.”
This means that, among other things, the vaccine contracts awarded under Operation Warp Speed are unlikely to be publicly released ...
Notably, the architect of that controversial April update to the PREP Act, HHS ASPR Kadlec [Robert Kadlec, Health and Human Services assistant secretary for preparedness and response (ASPR)], is intimately involved in deciding who is awarded Operation Warp Speed contracts.
STAT News reported last week, citing senior HHS officials, that Kadlec “personally signs off” on every business agreement made on behalf of HHS for Operation Warp Speed.
In addition to his past activities in lobbying for intelligence and defense contractors, Kadlec also previously worked as a lobbyist for the scandal-ridden biodefense company Emergent Biosolutions, which is also a major player in Operation Warp Speed as well as the manufacturer of the controversial anthrax vaccine BioThrax.
Despite top HHS [Health and Human Services] officials allegedly overseeing every single one of these business agreements, NPR was told by HHS [Health and Human Services] that the department has “no records” of the $1.6 billion Operation Warp Speed contract with Novavax, which was awarded through ATI. ...”
Whitney Webb. Operation Warp Speed Is Using A CIA-Linked Contractor To Keep Covid-19 Vaccine Contracts Secret. 2020 Oct 6, The Last American Vagabond. https://www.thelastamericanvagabond.com/operation-warp-speed-is-using-a-cia-linked-contractor-to-keep-covid-19-vaccine-contracts-secret/
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