Part 2: The Race Against Time

How It Got Here: The Jab

Sep 21 2021 • 33 mins

As COVID-19 rampaged through the world during the Spring of 2020, a team at Pfizer in Kalamazoo was working 24/7 to scale up production of a vaccine candidate that they weren’t even sure would be approved. Developing a manufacturing process, procuring materials, and getting the vaccines through the cold chain at the scale needed to inoculate the world was a dizzying endeavor. Follow along as Chaz Calitri, Vice President of Operations at Pfizer, and Wes Wheeler, President of UPS Healthcare tell us how they pulled it off. With insight on why success was far from guaranteed from Gad Allon, an expert in scaling operations at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Glenn Steinberg, Global Supply Chain and Operations Lead at EY, and Professor Medini Singh from Columbia Business School.