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Pfizer’s chief executive says the biggest challenge the company and other vaccine-makers faced during the pandemic was negotiating the politics. Correspondent Jeremy House has more on the story.

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OPTIONAL TAG: Bourla and Blair spoke while attending the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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VERBATIM: Albert Bourla says mask-wearing, vaccine efficacy or questions about delivering the vaccines were all politicized and were constant obstacles for vaccine-makers. He added that protectionism as a result of fear meant the governments closed down borders, making it difficult to export vaccines or bring in raw materials needed to make them. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair says for most countries, the virus had receded into the “rear-view mirror” and the only way to keep the focus on it was to convince politicians that “there are votes in it”..JH reporting.

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