If I recall correctly, follow up orders for Arestavyr will be made by a different department with no approval needed by anybody but that department head. Somebody help me out here. There is no need for an RFP posting by BARDA, correct?
That's correct. According to an executive proclamation, the head of the DOD can now just order it on national security grounds. So thank fortune it shouldn't have to go through the Chimerix-vulnerable process of appeals, where Clerici basically stuck a monkey-wrench into the works. (He's not working for Chimerix any more, after the media attack he engineered via the LA Times stung Barda as well as Siga, and made Barda predisposed to sting Chimerix in return.)
If the USG suspects a smallpox attack.... they can buy all the Arestavyr they want with no contract whatsoever. They can bring in boxes of 100 dollar bills they took from Iraq to pay for it. All of this "other than small" and "two animal rule" stuff is just keep the lawyers busy in peace time.
Yeah. Obviously they are just downplaying the manufacturing capacity big time because of the litigation, that has been going on since 1984. They can probably crank those pills out like bottles in a brewery. Once again, our management is being genius, just genius!!