Group Of U.S. Lawmakers Request Army Hold Public Hearings On Zika Vaccine Licensing

Miami Herald: Florida congressional members want U.S. Army to hold public hearings on Zika vaccine
“A bipartisan group of members of Congress from Florida has asked the acting secretary of the U.S. Army to hold public hearings before awarding exclusive rights to a French pharmaceutical manufacturer to develop a Zika vaccine using technology invented by the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and funded by American taxpayers…” (Chang, 6/14).

STAT: Lawmakers ask U.S. Army to hold a hearing on Zika vaccine licensing
“…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…” (Silverman, 6/14).