Common Dreams – 9/8/20
“It is simply remarkable and beyond dangerous that President Trump has so politicized the vaccine process to the point that drug corporations—the least trusted industry in America—are now the messengers on vaccine safety,” said the public health advocacy group Lower Drug Prices Now. “It is the job of elected officials and government regulators, not corporations, to police safety for consumers. Yet, Donald Trump continues to prioritize his own narrow political goals over the needs of the American people, undermining public health and ignoring his responsibility as president.”
Lower Drug Prices Now agreed, calling on Democrats in Congress to make sure Americans are not offered an insufficiently-tested vaccine.
“In the middle of the biggest public health crisis of our lifetimes, Americans need concrete assurance that a vaccine is safe, affordable, and effective from the government, not gimmicks from corporate executives,” said the group. “A vaccine is the only way out of the pandemic. Since President Trump has made clear that his priority is winning the election whatever the cost, it’s up to Democrats in Congress to safeguard Americans’ health and pass the long-overdue reforms we need to ensure access to affordable, safe Covid medicines.”