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Can the FDA be too transparent? Who deserves credit for Operation Warp Speed? And when is a CEO worth $3 billion?

We cover all that and more this week on “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. STAT’s Helen Branswell joins us to discuss the whirlwind of FDA debates around who should get vaccines for Covid-19 and the coming months of pandemic response. Then, Brendan Borrell calls in to talk about his book, “The First Shots,” a behind-the-scenes look at Operation Warp Speed and the race to develop those vaccines. We also discuss the surprise announcement that longtime Alynlam Pharmaceuticals CEO John Maraganore is soon to leave the company.


For more on what we cover, here’s the latest from the FDA; here’s where you can find Borrell’s book; here’s the news from Alnylam; here’s where you can subscribe to the First Opinion Podcast; and here’s our complete coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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