“I am going to raise hell if that’s the scenario,” says Congressman Raul Ruiz (D-36), he’s not mincing words when it comes to equity in the future of the coronavirus vaccine distribution.
He says he will not accept the vaccine going to the highest bidder and met with pharma make this clear he met with pharmaceutical companies to make this clear, “I told them that we need a public health approach to the distribution of vaccines that’s fair, that’s effective and that prioritizes the people that needs them the most.”
Under Operation Warp Speed, the government program that’s investing $10 billion in the development and production of a COVID vaccine to deliver millions of doses to the Americans by January, the companies will give the shipments to the government for distribution.
The NIH director Francis Collins says he’s is already foreseeing skepticism in equity, “I think are uneasy in the government calling the shots here.”
Advisory groups have been set up to help with the decision of who goes first and what factors should be considered.
“Clearly the vulnerable the going to be if not the top priority one of the top priorities,” says Dr. Robert Redfield, director for the CDC.