ALEX BRUMMER: Soriot must return to save Astrazeneca's reputation

By Alex Brummer2 days ago

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The pandemic has created a great divide between people who think they can work efficiently from the back bedroom and those who believe that creativity and productivity flow from the collaboration and accessibility that comes from being in a commercial setting.

It is less than ideal that Pascal Soriot, who is helping to lead the nation, Europe and large swathes of the world out of Covid, has spent the last several months at his home in Australia.

As good as modern communications are, the AstraZeneca boss is in the wrong time zone and far away from the regulatory flare-ups and political storms which have swirled up around the Oxford vaccine.

Soriot did a wonderful thing when he backed the development, trials and manufacture of a vaccine for all mankind at cost.

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Competitors Pfizer and Moderna are piling up the earnings with 11billion and 13billion in extra revenues respectively.

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