GSK fires ex-Operation Warp Velocity chief Moncef Slaoui over ‘substantiated’ sexual harassment claims


Dr. Moncef Slaoui speaks with President Donald J. Trump about “Operation Warp Velocity” within the Rose Backyard on the White Home on Friday, Nov 13, 2020 in Washington, DC.

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Moncef Slaoui, who was chief scientist for the U.S. federal authorities’s Covid vaccine improvement effort Operation Warp Velocity throughout the Trump administration, was fired as chairman of the board of administrators of Galvani Bioelectronics over allegations of sexual harassment, it was revealed Wednesday.

Slaoui ‘s firing, introduced by the board of Galvani majority shareholder GlaxoSmithKline, got here after receipt of a letter by the corporate “containing allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct in the direction of an worker of GSK by Dr. Slaoui, which occurred a number of years in the past when he was an worker of GSK,” Glaxo stated.

“Upon receipt of the letter, the GSK Board instantly initiated an investigation with an skilled legislation agency to analyze the allegations,” the assertion by GSK stated.

“The investigation of Dr. Slaoui’s conduct substantiated the allegations and is ongoing.”

GSK stated in its assertion: “Dr. Slaoui’s behaviours are wholly unacceptable.”

“They characterize an abuse of his management place, violate firm insurance policies, and are opposite to the sturdy values that outline GSK’s tradition,” the assertion stated.

“The corporate expects everybody at GSK to behave in accordance with its values, particularly its leaders the place its requirements are the best. Sexual harassment and any abuse of management place are strictly prohibited and won’t be tolerated.”

Christopher Corsico, senior vp of improvement at GSK and a present member of Galvani’s board, was appointed as the brand new chairman of Galvani.

GSK additionally stated that Amy Altshul, its senior vp of authorized, R&D and international business franchises, was appointed to the Galvani board.

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