Republican lawmakers are attempting to block a bipartisan emergency funding bill that would ultimately provide free treatment of the coronavirus to the public.
According to Politico, Republicans object to a provision that prevents drug manufacturers from overcharging the government for any vaccines or other treatments.
“Democrats are insisting the spending package include significant funding to purchase large amounts of coronavirus diagnostics, treatments and vaccine, when it becomes available, which would then be made available to the public free of cost, according to a senior Democratic aide,” reported Politico. However, “Republicans are trying to eliminate the ‘fair and reasonable price’ federal procurement standard for the vaccines and treatments that will be developed and purchased with the emergency funds. ‘Fair and reasonable price’ is a basic standard to prevent price gouging in federal contracts. Without the language, drugmakers could charge the government above-market rates, meaning fewer Americans will have access, according to the Democratic aide.”
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