Dr. Moncef Slaoui, the head of Operation Warp Speed, talks to Kara Swisher about a data-driven timeline, sticking to the science and battle rhythms.
Operation Warp Speed has moved along at a rapid clip. But some people involved in the approval process fear pressure to deliver an October surprise for President Trump.
Dr. Moncef Slaoui, the chief adviser for the Trump administration’s coronavirus vaccine program, can remain a government contractor, thus shielding him from disclosure rules.
The White House is eager to project progress, but the public-private partnership it has created still faces scientific hurdles, internal tensions and questions from Congress.
Moncef Slaoui, a former pharmaceutical executive, is now overseeing the U.S. initiative to development coronavirus treatments and vaccines. His financial interests and corporate roles have come under scrutiny.
Moncef Slaoui, a former pharmaceutical executive the White House chose to lead a crash development program, acknowledged that the 12-18 month timeline cited by Dr. Anthony Fauci was already “very aggressive.”
The chief operating officer will be an Army general who specializes in logistics.