Let’s not let drug companies hold us hostage when pricing a covid-19 vaccine

By Joe Rothstein

When I was a child, the disease people feared most was polio. Polio didn’t savage populations the way covid-19 is doing now, but tens of thousands of children in the United States would fall ill with it each year, along a not insignificant number of adults. Most notably, one of those adult victims was president-to-be Franklin D. Roosevelt, when he was 39 years old.

Major polio outbreaks would start around Memorial Day and tail off about Labor Day. During summers, we feared going to movie theaters or swimming pools. No one knew what caused polio, but we…