Bernie Sanders Calls on Moderna CEO to Testify on Proposed Vaccine Price Hike

By Liz Goodwin; Washington Post

The senator plans to use a Senate committee to highlight what he calls a ‘morality crisis’ in the pharmaceutical industry

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) plans to grill the CEO of Moderna about his reported plans to raise the price of the coronavirus vaccine in a Senate hearing next month that Sanders hopes will convince the company to reverse course.

The hearing will make up a key piece of Sanders’s larger oversight agenda for the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee that he chairs. The former presidential candidate hopes to use his perch on the panel to highlight what he calls the “greed” of large pharmaceutical companies in an effort to lower prescription drug prices.

Senate Democrats have signaled they will focus on corporate overreach with their expanded majority as House Republicans launch investigations on the other side of the Capitol into China, alleged abuses of the FBI, tech companies’ handling of a 2020 story about President Biden’s son Hunter, and other targets.