Statement from Margarida Jorge, Campaign Director, Lower Drug Prices Now, on news from the World Health Assembly on a Public Good Vaccine:

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Today’s worldwide pandemic should remind us all that we are linked in an international economy where we may all be impacted by developments in nations thousands of miles away. The United States has had a long legacy of global leadership in many areas, but President Trump’s current posture on coronavirus medicines has so far been disappointing, both at home and abroad.

“While Trump and the White House say ‘the last thing anyone is looking for is profit,’ they refuse to commit, like nearly every other country in the world, to blocking drug corporations monopoly control over COVID vaccines and treatments. Instead, the administration is choosing to allow profiteering by corporations with a long history of gouging patients for lifesaving medicines, like insulin and HIV/AIDS drugs. A COVID vaccine that people can’t afford won’t help Americans or anyone else.  To beat COVID, Congress must intervene to guarantee that all treatments and vaccines–particularly those developed using taxpayer dollars be available at low or no cost to everyone who needs it.”

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Lower Drug Prices Now is a national coalition of nearly 60 social, racial and economic justice organizations with members in all fifty states. We are committed to transformative, systemic and bold reforms to ensure everyone has access to affordable medicines — no matter where they live, what they look like or how much money they have. Learn more at https://www.lowerdrugpricesnow.org/ and follow us on Twitter @peopleb4pharma.

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