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Thu Feb 27, 2020, 11:54 AM

Couldn't Medicare form a co-op to buy a Corona vaccine from the first country to develop it?

Then the co-op could contract with American Drug companies to just use their facilities as mass production to get it out there?

IMHO, This would be a great end-run around AZAR and all his babble about needing private investment to get it done. One of the socialist democracies in Europe is going to get there first, just have our government buy it from them.

Now. I know this is not how any Republican would do it, but maybe a Dem could campaign on it to show how capitalism is a broken wheel on fast solutions in medical innovation, especially since the Republicans have largely dismantled the CDC.

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Reply Couldn't Medicare form a co-op to buy a Corona vaccine from the first country to develop it? (Original post)
Captain Zero Feb 2020 OP
hlthe2b Feb 2020 #1
Hoyt Feb 2020 #3
empedocles Feb 2020 #2
Voltaire2 Feb 2020 #4

Response to Captain Zero (Original post)

Thu Feb 27, 2020, 12:02 PM

1. The funding Congress will allocate will undoubtedly include funding for mass vaccination when

possible. That has been the case and that is CDC's purview in emerging infections/pandemic response for many many decades. Most recently with a response to H5N1 influenza, response to bioterrorism exposures, and related to that,\ the national smallpox vaccination program for at-risk workers after 911.

R's may think they can charge and profit for such interventions, but the sane among us will prevail. One can not control a mass infection with significant person-to-person transmission without vaccinating all at risk. No more than those insane racists can prevail by suggesting not vaccinating immigrant children for routine vaccine-preventable diseases.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 27, 2020, 12:11 PM

3. Agree. The developer of an effective vaccine will get paid well, no matter what.

And they should be.

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Response to Captain Zero (Original post)

Thu Feb 27, 2020, 12:06 PM

2. Medicare could do that if trump gets a personal cut

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Response to Captain Zero (Original post)

Thu Feb 27, 2020, 01:10 PM

4. Medicare is forbidden by law from doing anything other than transferring funds

from us to pharma companies.

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