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‘They bungled it:’ NIH documents reveal how $1.6 billion long Covid initiative has failed so far to meet its goals

‘They bungled it:’ NIH documents reveal how $1.6 billion long Covid initiative has failed so far to meet its goals

Budget and other project documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show how the National Institutes of Health set up its flagship long Covid research initiative, including the scientific expertise that government reviewers prioritized in selecting research teams to lead the RECOVER program and the early goals and timelines. Experts who reviewed the contracts and project documents say the agency set itself up for failure.

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U.S. senators call for better oversight of federal health agency following criticism of Long Covid program

U.S. senators call for better oversight of federal health agency following criticism of Long Covid program

As MuckRock and STAT News reported last year, after receiving $1.15 billion in December 2020, the federal government’s RECOVER initiative has moved slowly and devoted the majority of its funding to observational research. Now, several U.S. senators called for better oversight of the National Institutes of Health, pointing to criticism of the largest recipient of federal Long Covid funding so far.

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‘Underwhelming:’ NIH trials fail to test meaningful long COVID treatments after 2.5 years and $1 billion, experts say

‘Underwhelming:’ NIH trials fail to test meaningful long COVID treatments after 2.5 years and $1 billion, experts say

Congress provided the NIH with $1.15 billion to help patients in December 2020 — and the agency has now spent most of that funding, according to a detailed new budget breakdown shared with MuckRock and STAT, with the majority going towards observational research rather than clinical trials.

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Key House Democrat demands NIH answer for pace of long Covid research

Key House Democrat demands NIH answer for pace of long Covid research

A powerful Democratic lawmaker is interrogating the National Institutes of Health over its slow progress in addressing long Covid, citing a recent STAT and MuckRock investigation into the agency’s lack of urgency.

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The NIH has poured $1 billion into long Covid research — with little to show for it

The NIH has poured $1 billion into long Covid research — with little to show for it

A new investigation from STAT and MuckRock, based on interviews with nearly two dozen government officials, experts, patients, and advocates, and more than 100 pages of internal NIH correspondence, letters, and public documents, shows that the nearly $1.2 billion in taxpayer money for long Covid research has resulted in few tangible results.

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