Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, the pharmaceutical giant, came out to justify why he hasn’t taken the COVID-19 vaccine yet.
After the Food and Drug Administration granted the drug emergency use authorization last week Friday, the first people in the United States started receiving the vaccine on Monday, December 14.
The vaccine was administered on camera to Sandra Lindsay, a critical care nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, becoming the first in the country to receive the injection.
He hasn’t obtained the vaccine because he doesn’t want to be seen as jumping the queue, according to CEO Bourla.
Yet he didn’t rule out having the shot soon if it would increase confidence in the vaccine.
“I haven’t taken it yet because we have an ethical committee grappling with the issue of who gets it,” Bourla told Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent.
Bourla noted that it was decided that front-line health care personnel and nursing home residents and employees should be prioritized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Given that the CDC has voted [on very strict allocation rules, we are very sensitive not to cut the queue and get vaccinated before said Bourla.
“If the CEO gets vaccinated, people will believe much more in the safety of the vaccine,” he said.