Dozens of congressional Democrats and Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday urged top Biden officials to release unredacted copies of multi-billion-dollar coronavirus vaccine contracts that the Trump administration negotiated in secret with major pharmaceutical companies last year—and refused to divulge to lawmakers.
"Taxpayers should know how their funds were spent and what secret deals were reached.".
"Taxpayers are serving as the angel investors in Covid-19 vaccine and therapeutic development, assuming the costs and risk," the letter reads.
As NPR reported in September, the Trump administration worked to dodge the "regulatory oversight and transparency of traditional federal contracting mechanisms" by issuing massive vaccine contracts to Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and other major drugmakers "through a nongovernment intermediary.".
"ATI then awarded contracts to companies working on Covid-19 vaccines.".
NEW: This morning I led an effort with @BernieSanders, @SenWarren, & @janschakowsky, in a group of 50 lawmakers urging disclosure of secret COVID vaccine + therapeutic contracts with which the Trump Admin gave Big Pharma billions but refused to disclose full terms of these deals. pic.twitter.com/Kfys5xkFSC — Lloyd Doggett (@RepLloydDoggett) April 26, 2021. »