Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla on Monday admitted he tested positive for Covid-19, despite receiving four experimental vaccine doses produced by the corporation he chairs meant to fight the disease.
“I would like to let you know that I have tested positive for #COVID19,” Bourla, 60, announced on Twitter Monday.
“I am thankful to have received four doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and I am feeling well while experiencing very mild symptoms,” he wrote, adding, “I am isolating and have started a course of Paxlovid.”
Despite contracting the very disease the vaccines were intended to fend off, Bourla went on to thank colleagues for the vaccine:
We have come so far in our efforts to battle this disease that I am confident I will have a speedy recovery. I am incredibly grateful for the tireless efforts of my Pfizer colleagues who worked to make vaccines and treatments available for me and people around the world.
He also gave a shameless plug for another Pfizer product, Paxlovid:
“Paxlovid is not approved, but is authorized for emergency use by the FDA to treat mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in high-risk patients 12+, weighing at least 40 kg, with positive results of SARS-CoV-2 viral testing. See safety info: COVID19oralRx.com.”
In March, Bourla promoted the notion that a fourth mRNA jab would be needed to address another wave of Covid-19 because immunity wanes after each dose.
The biotech CEO joins a growing list of high-profile figures who in recent months have contracted Covid-19 despite being fully vaccinated and boosted, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, NIAID Director Anthony Fauci, US President Joe Biden, and most recently Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, who tested positive for a second time Monday also despite being quadruple vaccinated.