Pfizer CEO sold $5.6m in stock the day he announced promising vaccine news

Pfizer Inc Chief Executive Officer Albert Bourla sold $5.56 million worth of company shares on Monday, the day the drugmaker said its Covid-19 vaccine was 90pc effective based on interim trial results, a regulatory filing showed.

Bourla authorized the sale of the shares on Aug 19, provided the stock was at least at a certain price, as part of a predetermined plan, the company said.

Bourla sold 132,508 shares at $41.94 per share, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing late Tuesday.

“The sale of these shares is part of Dr. Bourla’s personal financial planning and a pre-established (10b5-1) plan, which allows, under SEC rules, major shareholders and insiders of exchange-listed corporations to trade a predetermined number of shares at a predetermined time,” Pfizer said.

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Pfizer said on Monday its experimental Covid-19 vaccine was more than 90pc effective based on initial trial results, sending its shares higher along with the broader markets.

The company’s shares rose as much as 15pc to trade at session high of $41.99 on Monday, before closing up 7.7pc. They were trading at 38.75 on Wednesday.

Pfizer and German partner BioNTech SE have said no serious safety concerns were found so far and expect to seek US emergency use authorization this month, raising the chance of a regulatory decision as soon as December.

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