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Albert Bourla in conversation with Robert Krulwich

Dr. Albert Bourla, as CEO of Pfizer, has overseen the development of the world’s first safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.

Long before he stepped up to lead one of the world’s premiere biopharmaceutical companies, Dr. Bourla was born in Thessaloniki, Greece to a family with deep roots in the city’s Sephardic Jewish community. His parents were among the few to survive the Holocaust in the Greek port city. Although Dr. Bourla now lives in New York, he is deeply connected to his Greek Jewish roots.

In this “Legacies” program, Dr. Bourla is interviewed by Robert Krulwich, science and technology journalist and longtime host of the double Peabody Award–winning show Radiolab. They discuss Dr. Bourla’s experience as the son of Holocaust survivors and how his family and upbringing have informed his accomplished career.

Supporting Material: Click here to watch a video with historical context on the Jews of Thessaloniki.

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Legacies is made possible with a gift from Marc Kirschner in honor of Nancy Fisher.