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Jun 21, 2021

This special edition of the podcast features interviews with two people who have each in their different ways played important roles in the effort to vaccinate the world and free us all from the menace of Covid-19.
Marc Howells is VP & Head of Global Talent & Learning at AstraZeneca, developers of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine AZD1222, one of the leading weapons in the fightback against global pandemic.
Reda Sadki, President of The Geneva Learning Foundation, is an old friend of the podcast. He leads a Swiss non-profit that connects learning leaders to research, invent, and trial breakthrough approaches for new learning, talent and leadership, with a focus on immunization and other critical issues in global health.
03:43 - Marc’s role & priorities at AstraZeneca
04:34 - What has the last year been like for the team in AtraZeneca?
07:52 - What skills issues has this rapid rate of change given rise to?
14:02 - What’s driving your increase in learning during the pandemic?
17:10 - How much of the shift to digital in AstraZeneca will be long-lasting?
22:10 Hopes (& fears) for the future?
26:26 Reda Sadki interview starts
34:52 ACT-A and COVAX 39:21 Leadership and immunization
42:52 Are we learning fast enough to beat the virus?
Watch the unedited livestream of John's conversation with Reda Sadki here:
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