Dems warn Trump on coronavirus: Taxpayers $700M vaccine Big Pharma price gouge

Dems warn Trump on coronavirus: Taxpayers just spent $700M on a vaccine so don’t let Big Pharma price gouge

02/20/2020 5:41 pm ET Samantha Weller
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The Coronavirus is spreading globally as the medical field races to find a vaccine.

Since taxpayers have funded U.S. vaccine research, Democrats are warning the President not to let Big Pharma have a monopoly that allows price gouging.

House Democrats just wrote a letter asking Trump to take “aggressive” action towards creating more affordable drug prices.

“We look forward to your response and to working with your Administration to ensure that the price of a coronavirus vaccine or treatment does not threaten public health by deterring access to these vital therapies both at home and abroad.”

Trump had claimed he would tackle this issue and recently called for a bipartisan bill to “dramatically” lower drug prices.

But prices stay high, and Senate Republicans led by Mitch McConnell block democratic efforts to actually do something.

A report on Public Citizen shows that so far, taxpayers have already spent $700 million on Coronavirus research.

So Democrats are saying that no manufacturer should be granted money to prevent anyone from monopolizing a vaccine or treatment.

But the decision is up to Trump—and he can usually be counted on to do what’s best for his Big Pharma donors, not the average American.

In the meantime, everyone can check out the Lower Drug Prices Now to join their campaign to make more affordable drug prices.

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