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On a cold Sunday night last November, Anthony Fauci, M.D., sat bundled up on his deck, having a (physically distanced) drink with a friend, when the call came. Albert Bourla, the CEO of Pfizer, was on the other end of the line. “Tony,” Bourla said, “are you sitting down?”
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Bourla had the results from the phase 3 trials on an mRNA-based vaccine. He told Fauci it was “amazing.”
“Tony, it’s more than 90 percent effective at reducing the risk of developing severe COVID!” Bourla said. For a scientist like Fauci, it was a deeply emotional, cathartic moment.