It was inaccurately reported that on December 5, 2021, Ugur Sahin, the CEO of the German company BioNTech, stated that he had not been vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine his company produces. While Ugur Sahin did state that he had not been vaccinated with his company’s COVID-19 vaccine, that statement was not made on December 5, 2021. It turns out that Ugur Sahin actually made that statement on or before December 22, 2020. On that date, Sahin stated:
I am legally not allowed to take the vaccine at the moment, we of course consider to make that possible. It is more important for us that our coworkers and partners get vaccinated. Our goal is to produce more than 1.3 billion doses in 2021. And that can only be done if we can really continue to work 24/7 without any interruption. And we need to ensure that we protect our coworkers and our team members from COVID-19 infections because that would mean interruption and delay and waste of vaccine doses.
During Sahin’s rambling and incoherent explanation he actually claimed that for him to get vaccinated would cause delay and interfere with the COVID-19 vaccination effort.
The CEO of Pfizer allegedly was vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine on March 10, 2021. Pfizer is a partner with BioNTech in the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla initially made the same excuse that he did not want to jump the line and get the vaccine before his turn. But that was more than a year ago, on December 14, 2020.
On February 4, 2021, it was announced that Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla had still not been vaccinated. On March 5, 2021, The Times of Israel reported that Albert Bourla’s planned trip to Israel had to be canceled because he and his delegation from Pfizer had not yet been fully vaccinated. This forced Bourla’ s hand and he reportedly received his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on March 10, 2021.