Yes, of course, Americans’ health is priceless, and reining in a deadly virus that has trashed the economy would be invaluable.
But a Covid-19 vaccine will have an actual price tag. And given the prevailing business-centric model of American drug pricing, it could well be budget breaking, perhaps making it unavailable to many.
The last vaccine to quell a global viral scourge was the polio inoculation, which ended outbreaks that killed thousands and paralyzed tens of thousands each year in the United States. The March of Dimes Foundation covered the drug cost for a free national vaccination program.
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