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35 mins A SHOT TO SAVE THE WORLD: The Inside Story of the Life-or-Death Race for a Covid-19 Vaccine by award winning Wall Street Journal reporter and bestselling author Gregory Zuckerman is the untold, riveting chronicle of the scientists’ epic sprint to create Covid-19 vaccines. Zuckerman takes us inside the top-secret laboratories, corporate clashes, and high-stakes government negotiations that determined the trajectory of the vaccine efforts. He interviewed more than 300 scientists, executives, and investors behind the most important pharma players, including Moderna, BioNTech, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Novavax and Merck, as well as top decision makers and stakeholders within Oxford University, the US government and key academic institutions.
Gregory Zuckerman is a Special Writer at the Wall Street Journal where he writes about business, economic, and investing topics. He’s a three-time winner of the Gerald Loeb award, the highest honor in business journalism. Zuckerman regularly appears on such media outlets as CNBC, Fox, MSNBC, and is the author of The Greatest Trade Ever, The Frackers, and The Man Who Solved the Market.
Gaby Goldstein and Amanda Litman
Gaby Goldstein is co-founder at Sister District, whose mission is to build progressive power in state legislatures. As Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, she leads programs that strengthen the pipeline of diverse, progressive candidates, as well as programs that educate the public about the importance of state legislatures and policy, and which support progressive state legislators once elected. Prior to founding Sister District, Gaby was a bioethics lawyer and health policy researcher. She holds a BA from UC Berkeley, JD from Boston University School of Law, and PhD in health policy from UC Berkeley.
Amanda Litman is the co-founder and executive director of Run for Something, a PAC that helps recruit and support young, diverse progressives running for down-ballot office. Previously, she was the email director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, digital director for Charlie Crist’s 2014 Florida gubernatorial campaign, deputy email director for Organizing for Action, and an email writer for Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2012 with a B.A. in American Studies. She lives in Brooklyn with her rescue dog, Sadie. For more information, visit RunForSomething.net and follow @AmandaLitman on Twitter.