Operation Warp Speed, the program under the Trump administration designed to provide Americans with the vaccine as quickly as possible, was headed by Moncef Slaoui. Slaoui was fired by GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceutical company, according to a NY Times article by Gina Kolata. He faced a sexual assault allegation regarding an incident that occurred several years ago at the same company.
Dr. Slaoui has since offered an apology to the employee who made the allegations, and to his family. GlaxoSmithKline received a letter that detailed the allegation and requested an investigation, which it began. It found the allegations to be true. Following the investigation, Dr. Slaoui quit Centessa Pharmaceuticals and resigned as the head of U.S. vaccine developer Vaxcyte Inc ( PCVX ), according to a Reuters article.
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