To Congress, President Trump, and Secretary Azar of the Department of Health and Human Services:
As coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) spreads, we need a strong response from the United States government in order to save lives and rein in the costs of medical treatment. We need protection against pandemic profiteering by big pharmaceutical corporations and a guarantee that every person will have access to affordable COVID-19 treatments and vaccines developed with taxpayer dollars.
No prescription drug corporation should be given monopoly control over prices for life saving medications and a future vaccine! In order to fight this pandemic, we need sufficient quantities to ensure universal access to safe, affordable treatments and vaccines. We deserve transparency, including how much taxpayers have contributed and corporations’ costs of production. That is why I am asking you to support the passage of the Make Medications Affordable by Preventing Pandemic Pricegouging (MMAPPP) Act and the Taxpayer Research and Coronavirus Knowledge (TRACK) Act.
When the world is increasingly at risk, treatments and vaccines must be developed quickly and made affordable and accessible to the public—especially when our tax dollars are being used to do so. The health of America’s families must take precedence over the profits of the pharmaceutical industry.