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Pharma chief calls for transparency in Covid-19 vaccine rollout

by Etienne Balmer

Tokyo – Pharmaceutical firms must be “very transparent” about the risks and benefits of vaccines in efforts to end the coronavirus pandemic, the head of Asia’s largest drugmaker has told AFP.

Takeda, one of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies, is not developing its own vaccine but has contracts with several firms to distribute their jabs in Japan and is also testing a virus treatment.

“We have to manage the situation well, be very transparent and extremely educative in the way we introduce products,” chief executive Christophe Weber told AFP in an interview.

“Medicines or vaccines are never perfect… there are always some side effects,” said Weber, who joined Takeda in 2014 and took the top job a year later after nearly two decades at Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline.

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