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The CARES Act, which was passed in March, included $3.5 billion for the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, an arm of the Department of Health and Human Services created to fight bioterrorism and pandemic diseases.
BARDA is a relatively new agency, which has gained prominence since the new coronavirus spread throughout the United States. BARDA was created in response to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, but the agency is turning its attention to the pandemic.
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"We’re creating a mini Manhattan Project to develop a vaccine and hopefully prevent a second wave of the virus in the fall," Dr. Robert Kadlec, the assistant secretary for preparedness and rsesponse at HHS, told FOX Business. "No corners are going to be cut. The most promising vaccine candidates that need to be evaluated will be accelerated."