A half dozen U.S. senators want the U.S. Army to hold a public hearing to explore the controversy over the pricing of a Zika virus vaccine that Sanofi is developing with taxpayer dollars.
In a letter sent on Monday to Acting U.S. Secretary of the Army Robert Speer, the lawmakers expressed concerns that a vaccine would not be “accessible and affordable” for many Americans, since the company may win an exclusive license to develop the technology and have “monopolistic” rights through 2036.
Interesting phrase. The ‘reasonable pricing’ was removed – “over concerns that such clauses would be seen by industry as a “restraint” on new product development.” One could wonder how such a concern surfaced – or who surfaced it?
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