Congress Members Ask Army to Hold Zika Vax Hearings


Jun 15, 2017

A bipartisan group of Florida Congress members have asked the acting secretary of the U.S. Army to hold public hearings before awarding exclusive rights to a Sanofi Pasteur to develop a Zika vaccine using technology invented by the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.

The lawmaker's concerns stem from Sanofi's rejected request from the U.S. Army to set an affordable price for the vaccine.

Since the technology was developed with taxpayer funds, the lawmakers feel that if the Army chooses to provide Sanofi Pasteur with an exclusive license to sell the vaccine, the Army must first obtain assurances that the vaccine will be affordable.

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