Can anyone start a crowd-funding initiative to support Dr. Murray's project, the manufacturer of BCG Tokyo 172/Russia, and the doctors/scientists?
I received a message below from Dr. Murray's project this morning. They have read my previous post.
I am worrying that the pharma companies don't have incentives as the BCG vaccine is an old low-margin vaccine. You may think this worry could be true after reading the message below.
My name is XXX, and I'm the Program Director at the Abundance Foundation. Since the first week of March, the Abundance Foundation has been doing everything we can to support research on a BCG, a potentially game-changing COVID-19 medication.
We saw your blog post on the subject and are interested in speaking more to see if there's any alignment, and to share ideas and get your advice about how to make this crucial work happen. Our work on this was featured in Newsweek Japan, and you can read the article here if you're interested.
The Abundance Foundation has already committed $500,000 to Dr. Murray’s work. However, this is just a fraction of the funds required for a definitive, randomized controlled trial, involving health care workers in Boston and Peru and nursing home residents in Taiwan. Even though this entire study will cost well below three million dollars — less than 5% of the typical clinical study — we can’t rely on pharma to fund this crucial, time-sensitive, exceedingly cost-effective research.
When the Abundance Foundation supported Dr. Murray’s Ebola and Cholera work, we had an outsized ROI over less nimble funders, because they missed crucial windows due to their bureaucratic hurdles. We believe this work has the potential to quickly change the course of this global pandemic.
We are interested in your ideas about this, and would love to set up a time to connect about it. Do you have any time in the next week to speak, perhaps by Zoom or Skype?
Thank you for all you're doing to spread the word about this important work.
Best, XXX -- Program Director Abundance Foundation www.abundance.org ---
(Added on 14 Apr)
Stephen Kahn, M.D., President, Abundance Foundation has issued a letter.
Letter from Dr. Stephen Kahn about urgent COVID-19 research on BCG vaccine