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Pfizer’s CEO will wait to get a Covid-19 vaccine, and says company executives won’t “cut the line”

August 11, 2021

He’s actually saying “I won’t touch this vaccine with a 10-foot pole.” So would you?

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Pfizer’s CEO Albert Bourla.
  • Pfizer executives, including its CEO Albert Bourla, won’t “cut the line” to get a COVID-19 vaccine, Bourla told CNBC Monday.
  • “I’m 59 years old, in good health, I’m not working on the frontline, so my type it is not recommended to get vaccination now,” he told CNBC.
  • But Bourla noted that polls conducted by Pfizer suggest that people would be more willing to take the vaccine if he, as the company’s CEO, got the shot.
  • “I’m trying to find a way that I will get vaccinated, despite if it is not my time, just to demonstrate the confidence of the company,” he said.
  • A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory group has recommended that healthcare workers and nursing home residents should be first in line for the vaccines.

Pfizer’s CEO Albert Bourla hasn’t taken the COVID-19 vaccine his company developed alongside BioNTech yet — and he told CNBC Monday that Pfizer executives will wait until it’s their turn to get a shot.

“As soon as I can, I will,” he said. But he added that he doesn’t want executives to “cut the line” and set a bad example.

“I’m 59 years old, in good health, I’m not working on the frontline, so my type it is not recommended to get vaccination now,” he explained.

However, Bourla said he would consider getting the vaccine earlier than recommended for someone of his age and health “just to demonstrate the confidence of the company.” This could encourage others to take the shot, he said.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the vaccine for emergency use on December 12. On Monday, Sandra Lindsay, a nurse in New York City, became the first person in America to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Pfizer runs “a lot of polls” to see what would make people more willing to take the vaccine, Bourla said — and one of the top responses is if he, as CEO, takes it. This ranks even higher than President-elect Joe Biden taking the vaccine, Bourla said.

“With that in mind, I’m trying to find a way that I will get vaccinated, despite if it is not my time, just to demonstrate the confidence of the company,” he said.

“But we have made a decision that if we have to do that we would not do it with our executives, so none of the executives or board members will cut the line.”

They will take it at the appropriate time based on their age and occupation, he added.

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From → Health, World Watch

One Comment
  1. Roger Snyder permalink

    Mandate a Debate
    It’s time to Mandate a Debate between the so-called experts and the 12 so-called influencers of misinformation.
    We Need Answers

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