[Ip-health] Florida Dems in House and Senate Object to Proposed Exclusive License of Zika Vaccine

Andrew S. Goldman andrew.goldman at keionline.org
Wed Jun 14 08:43:01 PDT 2017


One correction: I errantly included Rep. Ros-Lehtinen as a Democrat; she is
a Republican.

Apologies.
Andy


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On Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 10:20 AM, Andrew S. Goldman <
andrew.goldman at keionline.org> wrote:

> Yesterday, Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) sent a letter to Acting Secretary of
> the Army Robert Speer expressing strong concerns regarding the proposed
> exclusive license of a federally-funded Zika vaccine to Sanofi, stating
> that, "If the Army chooses to move forward with its plan to provide Sanofi
> Pasteur an exclusive license to sell this vaccine, it must first obtain
> assurances that the vaccine will be affordable to all who need it." Senator
> Nelson is a senior member of the Committee on the Armed Services.
>
> Separately, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz led a group of nine House
> Democrats from the state of Florida in sending a letter to Speer requesting
> a public hearing on the matter, noting that, "As members representing
> Florida, we are especially concerned of the potential for monopolistic
> practices that would effectively keep this lifesaving vaccine out of reach
> of far too many of our constituents." The signatories of the House letter
> included Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (FL-23), Rep. Theodore Deutch
> (FL-22), Rep. Darren Soto (FL-09), Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtingen (FL-27), Rep.
> Lois Frankel (FL-21), Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05), Rep. Kathy Castor (FL-14),
> Rep. Charlie Crist (FL-13), and Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20).
>
> The letter goes on to request that the Army "(1) hold a public hearing on
> the proposed license so that the public and Sanofi can address concerns
> over the pricing of the vaccine, and (2) delay the decision regarding the
> exclusive license on the patent until after such public hearing has been
> held."
>
> Blog with our comment and copies of the letter available here:
> https://www.keionline.org/node/2805
>
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> Andrew S. Goldman
> Counsel, Policy and Legal Affairs
> Knowledge Ecology International
> andrew.goldman at keionline.org // www.twitter.com/ASG_KEI
> tel.: +1.202.332.2670 <(202)%20332-2670>
> www.keionline.org
>



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