The US National Institutes of Health spent just 1.8% of its 2020 budget on COVID-19 clinical research. Shameful, but not unexpected.
I said this many times during the pandemic referring to various health decisions (or non-decisions, as they often were). But I suspect you would often have got better results by asking even a small sample of random people on what they thought were the most pressing issues, rather than using the status quo preserving political/bureaucratic decision making process. Otherwise known as the pub test.
HT: Tyler Cowen.