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Michael McAuliff
‼️ Azar refuses to promise a coronavirus vaccine will be affordable for anyone: "We would want to ensure that we work to make it affordable, but we can't control that price, because we need the private sector to invest.. Price controls won't get us there."
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Michael McAuliff Feb 26
Replying to @mmcauliff
Here's the clip of Azar not assuring Rep. Schakowsky a covid-19 vaccine will be affordable to all.
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Michael McAuliff Feb 26
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Another revealing bit. Schakowsky asked if we've funded all the R&D. Azar: "No, that's not accurate. For instance Gilead has a product Remdesivir that was originally NIH-funded basic research I think out of the University of Alabama, but they've carried forward with development."
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Michael McAuliff Feb 26
Replying to @mmcauliff
In case anyone's forgotten, Azar was the president of Eli Lilly, a member of the board of directors of a pharmaceutical lobby group, and ran a strategist/consultant firm to the biotech and healthcare industries.
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Michael McAuliff Feb 27
Replying to @mmcauliff
Today, Azar says he'll try for at least ONE affordable vax "We will work to ensure that there are appropriate protections to ensure the affordability of any vaccine produced out of joint venture work that taxpayers are funding.. We also have some purely private sector endeavors."
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Michael McAuliff Feb 27
Replying to @mmcauliff
Gillibrand statement notes she voted against Azar. "I was concerned about his coziness with the pharmaceutical industry and his comments have proven my concerns right. Our only focus should be ensuring that every American has access to a vaccine, not whether big pharma" profits.
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Michael McAuliff Mar 3
Replying to @mmcauliff
Schakowsky isn't done with this. She's asking Azar how much the government has spent for work going to COVID-19 vaccines, treatments; what agreements is he getting with pharma companies, and can he assure affordability without agreements.
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Dean Baker Feb 26
It's not even profits -- it's patent monopolies. The drug companies can do research and make a profit it, the problem is the government grants them a patent monopoly. There is nothing about capitalism that requires patent monopolies
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Tom Joad the Wet Sprocket Feb 26
Man works for the thing that also owns the money factory
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