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GlaxoSmithKline on Wednesday fired Moncef Slaoui, the former scientific head of the government’s COVID-19 vaccine push Operation Warp Speed, after an internal investigation found that he sexually harassed another employee several years ago. The company received a letter detailing the allegations in February. Emma Walmsley, GSK’s CEO, told employees in a Wednesday letter that Slaoui’s actions “represent an abuse of his leadership position and violate our company policies, our values, and our commitment to Trust — a commitment I know is shared by all of you.” Slaoui left GSK in 2017 but continued to serve on the board of Galvani Bioelectronics, a GSK joint venture with Verily Life Sciences. Slaoui acknowledged the allegation “with deep regret” and said he felt “terrible that my actions have put a former colleague in an uncomfortable situation.” [USA Today]

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