Biden’s pick for health secretary, Xavier Becerra, currently serving as attorney general in California, has not been welcomed by Republican Senators. The main criticism centers around his stance on pharma: Becerra isn’t supportive enough.
“The attack on Xavier Becerra, California’s attorney general, is a surprising twist following years of agitation on Capitol Hill and from the Trump administration over high drug prices. But it also highlights the credibility that pharmaceutical companies may have earned after developing several Covid-19 vaccines in record time, and the challenge Becerra could face in balancing pricing frustrations with the industry’s central role in pandemic response.” Read more here.
(Source: Lev Facher, STAT News, 2/23/21)