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Coronavirus vaccine: Did Pfizer put profit first? – DW (English)

The global pharmaceutical industry was able to develop multiple COVID-19 vaccines in record time. But has profit been put over human lives?



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Last year, Albert Bourla had a choice and he decided to take a massive risk. The CEO of the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer could have made it easy for himself by accepting billions of dollars and participating in Operation Warp Speed, the US government’s initiative to create multiple vaccines as fast as possible. But he preferred to remain independent.
Bourla decided to invest $2 billion (1.6 billion) in BioNTech, a startup company in western Germany. His instinct was right: BioNTech came up with the…

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