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Nov 9, 2021

Pfizer’s Albert Bourla on how the pandemic ends

By Atlantic Council

Bourla joined the Atlantic Council to talk about his collaboration with BioNTech on the COVID-19 vaccine, his take on misinformation and politics in medicine, and his personal story.

Coronavirus Resilience


Albert Bourla, DVM, Ph.D.

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer


In conversation with

The Atlantic Council hosted a high-level conversation with Dr. Albert Bourla, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pfizer, on November 9, 2021. Dr. Albert Bourla’s role has been central in developing the COVID-19 vaccine, and in the international effort to curb the pandemic.

With its European partner BioNTech, Pfizer made one of the greatest scientific breakthroughs in human history, one that also bares tremendous medical opportunities to face future global health challenges. Recognizing Dr. Bourla’s work to confront this world-wide crisis, the Atlantic Council honored him at this year’s Distinguished Leadership Awards. Ahead of this ceremony, this edition of #ACFrontPage discussed the state of the pandemic and the remaining challenges ahead, vaccine development, as well as Dr. Bourla’s remarkable personal story, which embodies the importance of transatlantic relations, and the Atlantic Council’s mission of working with partners and allies to confront the biggest challenges of the day.

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