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Does any CEO deserve $500 million a year? How did Moderna hit it big? And who wants to run Biogen?

We cover all that and more this week on “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. STAT’s Bob Herman joins us to explain why health care CEOs get paid so much — and why company-reported numbers don’t tell the full story. Wall Street Journal reporter Peter Loftus calls in to talk about his book chronicling how Moderna went from secretive startup to household name. And we discuss the latest news in the life sciences, including Amazon’s latest multibillion-dollar foray into primary care and Biogen’s search for a new CEO.

For more on what we cover, here’s the package on CEO pay; here’s where you can buy Loftus’ book; here’s the news from Amazon; here’s more on Amarin; here’s where you can find episodes of Color Code; 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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