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Statement by Dr. Rajiv. J. Shah, President of The Rockefeller Foundation on the Announcement of Pfizer’s Vaccine Candidate

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Yesterday, the United States and rest of the world received some heartening news about the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has taken so many lives and upended livelihoods in the United States and around the world.

Pfizer announced it has seen an effective response to a vaccine in an ongoing trial.  Meanwhile, President-elect Joe Biden announced the formation of a Transition Covid-19 Advisory Board, which includes leading public health experts, to inform and shape the incoming administration’s plans and policies.

Each of these developments promises to accelerate the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. As progress is made, RF will continue to work to ensure there’s equity in access to advances in testing, tracing, and – when they’re available – vaccine solutions. We will not rest until the Covid-19 pandemic is over for everyone, including the most vulnerable.