The Man Behind America’s Race for a Vaccine

October 05, 2020 8EE48DA9-968C-4949-BB39-54C13F5E9E68 Created with sketchtool. 45 min Download
The Man Behind America’s Race for a Vaccine

The Man Behind America’s Race for a Vaccine

October 05, 2020 8EE48DA9-968C-4949-BB39-54C13F5E9E68 Created with sketchtool. 45 min Download
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Dr. Moncef Slaoui is the chief scientific adviser for Operation Warp Speed, and arguably the most powerful force in the mission to vaccinate America from the coronavirus. The scientist, a 30-year pharmaceutical industry veteran and registered Democrat, says he doesn’t “want to get into the politics” even though everything about the United States’ coronavirus response — from mask-wearing to President Trump’s illness — seems to have been politicized. Dr. Slaoui says he’s an adviser with “significant influence” — not a decision maker. And while he makes no guarantee about vaccine timelines, he does stand by a commitment to quit if politics interferes with science, saying, “I can guarantee that I will say what I think, and I am saying what I think.” You can find transcripts (posted midday) and more information for all episodes at nytimes.com/sway, and you can find Kara on Twitter @karaswisher.