[Ip-health] Stat: Lawmakers ask U.S. Army to hold a hearing on Zika vaccine licensing

Jamie Love james.love at keionline.org
Wed Jun 14 10:05:36 PDT 2017

Ed, we have appealed the Army's initial decision, and have not heard back

On Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 1:01 PM, Andrew S. Goldman <
andrew.goldman at keionline.org> wrote:

> Stat's article on the Florida letters can be read here:
> https://www.statnews.com/pharmalot/2017/06/14/lawmakers-army-zika-vaccine-
> licensing/
> Lawmakers ask U.S. Army to hold a hearing on Zika vaccine licensing
> By ED SILVERMAN @Pharmalot
> JUNE 14, 2017
> A group of Florida lawmakers is urging the U.S. Army to hold a hearing on
> its plan to give Sanofi an exclusive license to develop a Zika virus
> vaccine, a move that has raised concerns the product may be priced too high
> for many Americans, even though it was developed with taxpayer funds.
> In a June 13 letter, eight U.S. House Democrats and one Republican
> expressed concern about the “potential for monopolistic practices that
> would, effectively, keep this life-saving vaccine out of reach for far too
> many of our constituents.” At the same time, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, who is
> also a Democrat, sent his own letter in which he urged the Army to limit
> the price for the vaccine.
> Both missives noted that Sanofi, which is one of the world’s largest
> vaccine makers, has already won a $43 million government grant and stands
> to receive another $130 million to run late-stage trials. Consequently, the
> representatives argued that awarding an exclusive license to the company
> would add “insult to injury,” and they want the Army to explain how such a
> license is reasonable or necessary.
> This the second time in recent weeks that lawmakers from a Gulf state have
> decried plans for an exclusive license. Last month, Louisiana Gov. John
> Edwards warned Acting U.S. Army Secretary Robert Speer that if the
> mosquito-borne virus spreads, the possibility of monopoly pricing “could
> cripple state budgets and threaten public health.”
> The letters may ratchet up the pressure on the Army to change course amid
> cries from still other lawmakers and consumer advocates to demand that
> Sanofi agree to some kind of pricing agreement as part of any licensing
> deal. As we reported recently, however, the company in April rejected such
> a request from the Army, although overall licensing talks are still under
> way.
> <snip>
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