Exactly one day after Bernie Sanders threatened to haul the CEO of Moderna up to Capitol Hill to explain why the company was planning to increase the cost of their Covid 19 vaccine, the development of which was in large part funded by taxpayers, by as much as 400% – and one hour after that hearing was scheduled – Moderna announces that there will be no price increase to insurers and the shot will remain free to the uninsured:

ABC News

“Moderna will keep its COVID vaccine on the market at no cost to consumers, even after the federal government stops paying for it, the company announced Wednesday.

“Everyone in the United States will have access to Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine regardless of their ability to pay,” the company said in a statement.

Last month, the vaccine maker was slammed for reportedly considering a dramatic price increase for the shot, which it had developed with the help of the federal government…

… Among the critics of Moderna’s reported consideration of a price increase — from about $26 a shot to as much as $130 — was Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has long advocated for government-funded health care and alleged the move would result in deaths.

“How many of these Americans will die from COVID 19 as a result of limited access to these lifesaving vaccines?” Sanders, I-Vt., wrote in a January letter to Moderna.

“While nobody can predict the exact figure, the number could well be in the thousands. In the midst of a deadly pandemic, restricting access to this much needed vaccine is unconscionable,” he added.“

The good news was also broken on Twitter by @ More Perfect Union:

I will add some comments, and, keeping in mind that Sanders is not universally popular with democrats, I will try to balance the differing opinions…

Sure does.

It appears so. But if their goal is to recover their costs, a 400% increase seems a bit much.

Well, the finger wag didn’t hurt.

Ah, fuck the fuck off.

I tend to agree.


No matter which side of the Bernie debate you come down on, I hope we can agree that hearings still need to be held to see what can be done to increase the production of the vaccine without bankrupting Moderna, or license it’s production in the other countries.

Too many folks in the developing world still don’t have access to vaccines.

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  1. Maybe more shareholders need to be considered combatants since all these industries are hell bent to kill us off for profit. The rich don’t believe in death for themselves…only for elementary school children and those that live near a railroad.



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