Pfizer CEO Is ‘Confident’ In Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout And Looking Beyond The Pandemic


At the 2020 Forbes Healthcare Summit, Albert Bourla is already looking beyond his company’s vaccine success and into a post-pandemic world.


Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla has accomplished in 11 months what usually takes years, with the company’s Covid-19 vaccine ready to hit the market in record time. Bourla told the 2020 Forbes Healthcare Summit he’s “confident” in the upcoming rollout and already looking towards future ways to apply the vaccine’s underlying technology. 

“We knew that the world needs this. We knew that we had to deliver. And we didn’t let any obstacles—and I can assure you there were many in our way—to stop us doing it,” Bourla told moderator Moira Forbes, president and publisher of ForbesWomen. His remarks came one day after Pfizer, along with its partner BioNTech, became the first companies in the world to get authorization for a Covid-19

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Perspectives: Pros, Cons Of Vaccine Rollout Plans; Time To Make Science Bipartisan Again

Opinion writers weigh in on these pandemic issues and others.


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To Roll Out Covid-19 Vaccines, Vaccinate Everyone In Several Hot Zones


Dear CEOs of Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca,
Thank you for rapidly mobilizing your scientific resources and your vaccine clinical trial networks. (We also thank Operation Warp Speed and others for organizing and underwriting your efforts to tame Covid-19.) Your vaccines are on the brink of crossing the finish line of approval, but the confusion surrounding the presidential transition has brought great uncertainty to the distribution plan. (Daniel Teres and Martin Strosberg, 12/3)

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5G’s rollout speeds along faster than expected, even with the coronavirus pandemic raging

The world may be grappling with a widespread pandemic, but that’s sure not slowing down 5G’s rollout. The super-fast technology reached more customers this year than expected and will cover about 60% of the global population by 2026, according to a new report from Ericsson. That makes 5G the fastest deployed mobile network ever, the Swedish networking giant said.



a laptop computer sitting on top of a keyboard: 5G has rolled out faster than any other mobile network in history. Angela Lang/CNET


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5G has rolled out faster than any other mobile network in history. Angela Lang/CNET

By the end of this year, there will be 218 million 5G subscriptions around the world, up from Ericsson’s forecast in June for 190 million — which itself was an increase from an earlier estimate. 

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“5G coverage will be built out to the extent that 1 billion people will live in 5G coverage areas by the end of 2020 worldwide,” Patrick Cerwall, head of strategic marketing insights at Ericsson, said in

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Twitter slows the rollout of its disappearing message feature, Fleets, amid tech issues and privacy concerns



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  • Twitter on Wednesday said its launch of Fleets, a disappearing-message feature, was having performance and stability problems.
  • Many users won’t get Fleets “for a few more days,” the company said.
  • Users have raised privacy concerns, saying the feature encouraged harassment. Some Twitter users were able to send Fleets to people whose direct messages were closed.
  • A Twitter spokeswoman told Bloomberg on Thursday that the company was working to fix privacy issues. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Twitter on Wednesday said it was slowing down its rollout of Fleets, a 24-hours-and-its-gone messaging feature announced Tuesday, because of tech issues. 

Disappearing posts like Fleets, named for “fleeting thoughts,” aren’t a new concept. Snapchat pioneered them when it launched in 2011. In the years since, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn have all introduced similar

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Twitter slows Fleets rollout amid tech issues, privacy concerns

  • Twitter on Wednesday said its launch of Fleets, a disappearing-message feature, was having performance and stability problems.
  • Many users won’t get Fleets “for a few more days,” the company said.
  • Users have raised privacy concerns, saying the feature encouraged harassment. Some Twitter users were able to send Fleets to people whose direct messages were closed.
  • A Twitter spokeswoman told Bloomberg on Thursday that the company was working to fix privacy issues. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Twitter on Wednesday said it was slowing down its rollout of Fleets, a 24-hours-and-its-gone messaging feature announced Tuesday, because of tech issues. 

Disappearing posts like Fleets, named for “fleeting thoughts,” aren’t a new concept. Snapchat pioneered them when it launched in 2011. In the years since, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn have all introduced similar features called “stories.”

Twitter has been testing its feature in some

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Amazon’s Pharmacy Rollout Sinks Drugstore Stocks

Amazon.com  (AMZN) – Get Report officially opened the virtual doors of Amazon Pharmacy, a new full-service digital pharmacy that lets Amazon Prime members order and fill their prescriptions online and have them delivered directly to their front doors.

The offering puts Amazon in direct competition with pharmacy giants CVS Health  (CVS) – Get Report and Walgreens Boots Alliance  (WBA) – Get Report, and helps it compete with Walmart  (WMT) – Get Report, Target  (TGT) – Get Report and other big-box stores that already sell prescription drugs.

Walgreens Boots, CVS Health and Rite Aid  (RAD) – Get Report all traded lower in premarket trading on Tuesday after Amazon’s announcement. Shares of Walgreens Boots were down 8.7% at $40.26, while shares of CVS were down 7.95% at $67.63. Rite Aid stock was down 12.79% at $11.28.

The new

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Sony’s PS5 Rollout Focused On US Market Instead Of Japan

Sony’s PS5 promotions appear to focus primarily on the US market and has noticeably pivoted away from Japan. Anonymous Sony employees who spoke to Bloomberg cite PS4’s relatively poor performance in Japan as the reason behind the shift.

Bloomberg’s article lays the math out: While Japan produces 10% of the PS4’s earnings, the US generates 35%, according to Macquarie Group Ltd. analyst Damian Thong. The PS4 also sold less than 10 million units in Japan, as stated by Famitsu, and performed more poorly than the PS3.

Sony disavows that it’s shifting marketing focus. Spokeswoman Natsumi Atarashi stated “our home market remains of utmost importance” and pointed out that PS5 is actually launching in Japan first.

However, company staff on the Japanese side have felt sidelined in PS5’s promotions and said they were “left awaiting for instructions from California.” An unnamed senior employee at PlayStation’s headquarters told Bloomberg they were “frustrated

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GM speeds rollout of two ‘major’ EV programs, to hire 3,000 tech jobs

The GM logo is pictured at the General Motors Assembly Plant in Ramos Arizpe

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co <GM.N> has accelerated the rollout of two electric-vehicle programs since its EV Day in March and plans to hire 3,000 technology-related employees through the first quarter, an executive said on Monday.

The U.S. automaker has pulled forward “two major programs” since its March 4 event, at which it said it would invest $20 billion in electric and autonomous vehicles, Ken Morris, GM vice president of electric and autonomous programs, told reporters.

He declined to identify the programs but mentioned them after discussing the GMC Hummer EV pickup.

“We are moving faster than ever,” he said on a conference call. “GM’s progress on and investment in EVs is not slowing down.

“The vehicles

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CALIFORNIA APPROVES BALLOT MEASURE EXPANDING CONSUMER DATA PRIVACY EXPECTED TO ROLLOUT NATIONALLY

Data443 is Well Positioned to Benefit from
Continued Increasing Cybersecurity Burden Imposed on Businesses

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, Nov. 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Data443 Risk Mitigation, Inc. (‘Data443’ or the ‘Company’) (OTCPK: ATDS), a leading data security and privacy software company, provided an update on the California Privacy Rights and Enforcement Act (‘CPRA’), approved by California voters on November 3rd, 2020. The CPRA is a new California state law that expands consumer data privacy, obligating businesses to provide consumers with the ability to opt-out of the collection of sensitive personal information collected, and further requires businesses to refrain from sharing the personal information of users, if requested. The CPRA expands, amends, and increases the protections afforded by the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which was adopted January 1, 2020, with enforcement actions initiated in July 2020.

Jason Remillard, CEO of Data443, provided the following insights and commentary, “The CPRA

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Xilinx To Advance Mass 5G Roll-Out With New Zynq Adaptive Radio Platform

Although today’s news of AMD’s proposed acquisition of Xilinx is likely going to garner the lion’s share of media attention in the short term, the adaptive computing leader concurrently announced a new line of silicon solutions that could significantly impact 5G network build-outs in the future.

Earlier today, Xilinx revealed a its Zynq RFSoC DFE (Digital Front-End), which represents a news class of adaptive radio platform that combines hardened DFE blocks with adaptable logic in an effort to provide flexible solutions for the quickly advancing 5G ecosystem. The Zynq RFSoC DFE is designed for high-performance, cost and power-efficient 5G NR (New Radio) applications covering 5G low-, mid-, and high- band spectrum where Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC and RFSoC products have previously been deployed.

“For the first time, Xilinx is providing a wireless radio platform with more hardened application-specific IP

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