by Brandon Butler
Health Secretary Refuses to Promise Affordable Coronavirus Vaccine 2/27/2020

Nicole Wetsman reporting for The Verge:

[Health and Human Services Secretary Alex] Azar, a former drug company executive and pharmaceutical lobbyist, told Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) during a congressional hearing on Wednesday that, although he would want to make [a coronavirus vaccine] affordable, he won’t promise that it will be. “We can’t control that price because we need the private sector to invest,” he said.

Unfortunately for Azar, the new coronavirus doesn’t care about profit margins or returns on investment at drug companies. During an outbreak of an infectious disease, that attitude doesn’t just put the poor at risk by making it harder for them to access a protective drug — it puts everyone at risk.

Why anyone who’s not a millionaire would vote for somebody like Trump and his cronies — who favor profit margins and 9-digit bank accounts over the health and life of another human being — completely baffles me. But this is what you get when you vote Trump: a shrug and a middle finger when you ask for an affordable vaccine for a deadly virus spreading across the planet.