Only the ‘Crooks’ of the Pharmaceutical Industry Can Save Us Now

A specter haunts progressive America—the possibility that a private company might make too much money solving the world’s coronavirus problem. True to form, Bernie Sanders expressed this worry in the crudest and most simplistic terms at the last Democratic debate, calling the leaders of the pharmaceutical industry “a bunch of crooks,” who are saying to themselves in the midst of the epidemic, “Wow, what an opportunity to make a fortune.” Op-eds have sprung up warning, “Drug Companies Will Make a Killing from Coronavirus” (The New York Times ) and “How Big Pharma Will Profit from the Coronavirus” (The Intercept). This would seem the least of our problems right now, but the pharmaceutical industry has become such a boogeyman […]

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