Pfizer’s CEO mentioned he would take a coronavirus vaccine first to allay public concern

A woman holds a small bottle that says “Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine” and a medical syringe in front of the Pfizer logo displayed in this October 30, 2020 image.

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Albert Bourla, CEO of Pfizer, said Monday that he would like to be among the first to take a coronavirus vaccine to address public concerns about vaccine safety.

But there are ethical considerations for that, Bourla said during an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box”. “When we have a limited number of doses, I’m not sure if people would recommend people my age … or if they’ll be able to be among the first to get a vaccine. So I do respect that. “

Even so, Bourla, who is in his fifties, expects that demand for the pharmaceutical company’s vaccine “will be higher than anything we can make,” given how effective it is. Bourla said the company is on track to produce up to 50 million doses of vaccine by 2020 and up to 1.3 billion doses by 2021.

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