Moon­shot: Inside Pfizer’s Nine Month Race to Make the Impos­si­ble Possible

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January 4, 2022

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2022 Gen­e­sis Prize Laureate

The exclu­sive, first-hand, behind-the-scenes sto­ry of how Pfiz­er raced to cre­ate the first Covid-19 vac­cine, told by Pfizer’s Chair­man and CEO Dr. Albert Bourla.

A riv­et­ing, fast-paced, inside look at one of the most incred­i­ble pri­vate sec­tor achieve­ments in his­to­ry, Moon­shot recounts the inten­sive nine months in 2020 when the sci­en­tists at Pfiz­er, under the vision­ary lead­er­ship of Dr. Albert Bourla, made the impos­si­ble pos­si­ble” — cre­at­ing, test­ing, and man­u­fac­tur­ing a safe and effec­tive Covid-19 vac­cine that pre­vi­ous­ly would have tak­en years to develop. 

Dr. Bourla chron­i­cles how the bril­liant, ded­i­cat­ed minds at Pfiz­er, under the enor­mous strains of the glob­al pan­dem­ic, over­came a series of crises that were com­pound­ed by social and polit­i­cal unrest, and reveals the doubts, deci­sions, obsta­cles, and fail­ures they encoun­tered. As Dr. Bourla makes clear, Pfizer’s suc­cess wasn’t due to luck; it was because of prepa­ra­tion dri­ven by four sim­ple val­ues — Courage, Excel­lence, Equi­ty, and Joy.

Moon­shot is a sto­ry of lead­er­ship under the most unprece­dent­ed cir­cum­stances — how Dr. Bourla, a Greek immi­grant, a child of Holo­caust sur­vivors, and a vet­eri­nar­i­an, became the head of one of the world’s largest cor­po­ra­tions and ini­ti­at­ed a dra­mat­ic trans­for­ma­tion of the orga­ni­za­tion just before a glob­al health cri­sis would serve to test the orga­ni­za­tion, its sci­en­tists, and its leader, like nev­er before. Moon­shot describes best prac­tices that can be used to address the mul­ti­ple, unprece­dent­ed chal­lenges our world faces, reveals Pfizer’s imple­men­ta­tion of sci­en­tif­ic break­throughs at a record-break­ing pace, and offers lead­er­ship lessons that can help any­one suc­cess­ful­ly man­age their own seem­ing­ly unsolv­able prob­lems. As Dr. Bourla explains, I am shar­ing the sto­ry of our moon­shot — the chal­lenges we faced, the lessons we learned, and the core val­ues that allowed us to make it hap­pen — in hopes that it might inspire and inform your own moon­shot, what­ev­er that may be.”

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