FDA Fast-Track’s Half-Billion-Dollar Smallpox Vaccine

(image: SIGA)

A ‘Siga Technology‘ drug, named ST-246, which reportedly works by blocking the ability of the smallpox viruses to spread to other cells, has been granted “fast-track” status by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

1.7 million doses, at the cost of $255 per dose, will add to the U.S. Government’s $1 Billion stash of smallpox vaccine.

Smallpox reportedly is no longer found in the natural environment, but The U.S. government is claiming the need to stockpile the drug in order to strengthen U.S. preparedness should the virus be used as a biological weapon in a terrorist attack.

USA TODAY reports,

Though natural transmission has ceased, the virus lives in freezers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and possibly in Russia, where Soviet scientists are believed to have created tons of weaponized smallpox. The breakup of the Soviet Union and the rise of global terrorism led the USA a decade ago to begin stockpiling vaccine.

For thousands of years, smallpox was one of the world’s most prolific killers. In the last century of its existence, smallpox is estimated to have killed at least half a billion people. All the wars on the planet during that time killed perhaps 150 million., a natural health website, asks the question “Why is the U.S. Doubling Its Protection Against this Non-existent Health Enemy?”

Unfortunately, there are serious, and sometimes fatal consequences of bringing drugs to market without adequate safety testing — and it is unclear why there is an urgent need for this drug that would warrant “fast-track” approval.

What’s more, Siga’s ST-246 only has a “guaranteed effective” shelf life of 38 months, which means if it’s not used in just over three years, it will be worthless.


Given the current U.S. deficit, you can’t help but wonder why the government just spent half a billion dollars on this. Do they know something that we don’t know? Or is this more political favors handed out to big-pharma at the expense of the taxpayer once again… ?


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  1. from the “government relations” section of their website:

    “SIGA has found that working relationships with federal partners and academic laboratories are essential to its success. Category A pathogens must be tested in facilities with the highest level of biosecurity and safety, and few U.S. centers are equipped for BSL-3 or -4 work. SIGA collaborates with numerous federal and academic BSL-3 and -4 installations to perform the necessary tests on its drug candidates. As a result, SIGA has solid, longstanding relationships with many federal agencies and an enviable track record of obtaining federal funding to support its research and development activities.

    Moreover, the federal government shifted its budget priorities to emphasize potential terrorist threats and their countermeasures after the 9/11 attack. Funding for research and development of agents against biological threats has risen dramatically since then, and is expected to grow even further. The “Implementation Plan” for biowarfare threats, released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasure Enterprise in April 2007, specifically identified the need for countermeasures against smallpox and the hemorrhagic fever viruses (Ebola and Junín). In response to this demand, SIGA is currently working to supply essential countermeasures to the Strategic National Stockpile and the Department of Defense.”

  2. did you see on Natural News, posting about

    Whitehouse caught freezing vaccine choice petition to prevent signatures from reaching 100,000 threshold

    petition calling for the prohibition of laws requiring mandatory vaccines has been throttled by the White House, buried from public view and finally frozen for over 36 hours to prevent the petition from achieving 100,000 signatures, Natural News reveals

    The petition, which was rapidly headed toward the 100,000 signatures needed to trigger a response from the White House, was frozen mid-day Friday and has remained stuck at 56,791 signatures for over 36 hours

    Throttled to a maximum of 100 per hour before being frozen
    Before the petition was frozen by the White House to prevent it from reaching 100,000 signatures, it was throttled to allow a maximum of 100 signatures per hour

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