Trump WH To Congress: We Cannot Assure Coronavirus Vaccine Will Be Affordable
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told Congress on Thursday that the Trump administration cannot promise a coronavirus vaccine will be affordable for all Americans.
By attempting to control the price, he said, the private sector might not want to invest in a vaccine’s development.
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) asked Azar if he could assure the vaccine would be affordable for anyone who needs it.
He responded: "We would want to ensure that we work to make it affordable, but we can't control that price, because we need the private sector to invest ... Price controls won't get us there."