Biden’s NIH Director nominee under fire for ties to Pfizer

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The announcement of President Biden’s nominee for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director has sparked controversy due to his connections to Pfizer. Dr. Eric Lander, who was selected by Dr. Fauci, has received a staggering $290 million in grant funding from Pfizer over the years.

Many are questioning whether Dr. Lander’s ties to Pfizer will impact his decisions as NIH Director. Will he prioritize the interests of the pharmaceutical giant over the American people?

These concerns are not unfounded. The pharmaceutical industry wields immense power and influence in Washington, and their interests often clash with those of the public. Take, for example, the opioid crisis. Pharmaceutical companies like Purdue Pharma played a major role in fueling the epidemic, putting profits over the lives of millions of Americans.

But it’s not just the opioid crisis. The exorbitant cost of prescription drugs in the United States is a major issue that impacts millions of Americans. Despite the fact that the US spends more on healthcare than any other developed country, many Americans struggle to afford basic medications. It’s no secret that pharmaceutical companies are a major driver of these high costs, putting profits over the health and wellbeing of the American people.

So, what can we expect from Dr. Lander as NIH Director? Will he prioritize the interests of the American people over those of Pfizer and other pharmaceutical giants?

The truth is, we don’t know. But what we do know is that the American people need a strong advocate in the NIH Director. We need someone who will prioritize public health over corporate profits, who will work to ensure that all Americans have access to affordable, life-saving medications.

The appointment of Dr. Lander certainly raises questions, but it’s important that we hold him accountable and demand that he prioritize the interests of the American people. We cannot afford to let corporate interests dictate our health and wellbeing. The stakes are simply too high.

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