Skip to Main Content

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will hold a confirmation hearing next month for Monica Bertagnolli, President Biden’s nominee to run the National Institutes of Health, he said Friday.

Sanders, whose health committee oversees the confirmation of the NIH nominee, had refused to hold a hearing on Bertagnolli until the Biden administration promised more drug pricing reform.


HHS announced Friday a deal with Regeneron on the development of the Covid-19 monoclonal antibody. That deal seems to have satisfied Sanders’ demands, though Sanders said the administration must add reasonable pricing provisions to all drugs developed with the help of government funding.

Get unlimited access to award-winning journalism and exclusive events.


Exciting news! STAT has moved its comment section to our subscriber-only app, STAT+ Connect. Subscribe to STAT+ today to join the conversation or join us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Threads. Let's stay connected!

To submit a correction request, please visit our Contact Us page.