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Biggest challenge during pandemic was negotiating politics: Pfizer

Protectionism as a result of fear meant the governments closed down borders, making it difficult to export vaccines, says Albert Bourla, Pfizer's chief executive officer

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Pfizer’s chief executive says the biggest challenge the company and other vaccine-makers faced during the pandemic was negotiating the politics.

Albert Bourla, who was speaking on Thursday on a panel on pandemic preparedness at the World Economic Forum gathering in Davos, Switzerland, said mask-wearing, vaccine efficacy or questions about delivering the vaccines were all politicised and were constant obstacles for vaccine-makers.

He says “the biggest challenge ... was the political challenge”. He added that protectionism as a result of fear meant the governments closed down borders, making it difficult to export vaccines or bring in raw materials needed

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First Published: Jan 20 2023 | 12:46 AM IST

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