Statement from Margarida Jorge, campaign director for Lower Drug Prices Now, on the news that the Vice President’s Chief of Staff, Marc Short, owns stock in companies receiving taxpayer funding for COVID vaccines:

Thursday, May 28, 2020
“At this point, we have to assume that conflicts of interest are a prerequisite to working in the Trump administration,” said Margarida Jorge, national campaign director for Lower Drug Prices Now. “The Vice President’s Chief of Staff holds stock in the very prescription drug corporations receiving taxpayer funding for coronavirus treatments. As the House’s Select Coronavirus Committee investigates the long list of problems with the Trump administration’s coronavirus response, Mr. Short’s blatant conflicts of interest must be investigated as well. As chief of staff to the chair of the Coronavirus Taskforce, the public must have full confidence that decisions being made are in the best interests of our health and wellbeing, not Mr. Short’s own financial gain. At this point, we cannot.”

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