We Need a Coronavirus Vaccine – I Just Wish We Could Afford It

BY Safura Abdool Karim —

Since its discovery in Wuhan, China, in December last year, coronavirus has infected more than 100 000 people in 103 countries and resulted in panic, travel bans and quarantines.

Talk has turned to a potential vaccine, with President Trump promising one in “a couple of months.”

However, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar effectively decided the opposite by stating that the U.S. would not place price controls — regulations to control the cost— on potential coronavirus vaccines. In Azar’s words: “The priority is to get vaccines and therapeutics. Price controls won’t get us there.”