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Moderna Lures Pfizer Executive With U.K. Contract in Limbo

  • Biotech hired Pfizer’s vaccines head to manage U.K. operation
  • U.K. contract for Moderna’s Covid vaccine expires end of 2021
Signage is displayed on the Moderna Inc. headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Signage is displayed on the Moderna Inc. headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg

Moderna Inc. lured an executive from rival Pfizer Inc. to become its first-ever U.K. regional head as a contract with the country for Covid-19 vaccines appears in danger of lapsing.  

The company hired Darius Hughes, the former head of Pfizer’s U.K. and Ireland vaccines business unit, in July as U.K. country director, he confirmed in a Bloomberg interview Tuesday. Hughes is tasked with growing Moderna’s business in the U.K., including potentially renegotiating its Covid-19 vaccine contract, which is yet to be renewed.