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Just How Much Taxpayer Money Goes To Big Pharma’s R&D?

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Hayden Daniel Deputy & Opinion Editor
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Government funding as part of the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed was crucial to speeding several coronavirus vaccines through the research and development process and getting them ready for distribution to the American public.

Far from being an extraordinary measure to combat a once in a lifetime pandemic, government funding for new drugs is extremely common in the pharmaceutical industry, and virtually every new drug produced and then sold to the American public is developed with the help of taxpayer dollars.