Monkey Facility Gets Millions in COVID-19 Contract
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Monkey Facility Gets Millions in COVID-19 Contract

From, July 19, 2020

A monkey breeding facility in South Carolina won a $4.6 million coronavirus-related federal contract — one of the largest given in the state.

Alpha Genesis Inc., a primate research company in Beaufort County, received the contract in June from the National Institutes of Health for “maintenance” of pathogen-free Macaque monkey breeding colonies, The Island Packet reported Sunday.

The NIH told a reporter in early July to file a public records request for more information about the contract, including how the monkeys would be used for virus research. The request was pending as of Thursday.

An animal welfare group is questioning the contract as the facility was recently accused of negligence that resulted in the deaths of several monkeys.

“Why do you continue to fund a facility that does such a poor job?” Michael Budkie, executive director of Ohio-based Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!, said. “Why do you reward a company that can’t even keep its animals alive?”See also:
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