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Covid-19 Vaccines Offer Drug Makers Chance at Salvation, Financial and Beyond

Covid-19 Vaccines Offer Drug Makers Chance at Salvation, Financial and Beyond

For a long time, drug makers have been the most hated industry in America. Companies are blamed for gouging prices on lifesaving drugs and enriching themselves through the opioid crisis, among other sins.

Now, with pharmaceutical companies racing to find vaccines to end the coronavirus pandemic, the industry is hoping to redeem itself in the public’s mind.

The primary goal, of course, is to rescue the world from the grips of a vicious virus. But a big fringe benefit is to get public credit — and to use an improved image to fend off government efforts to more heavily regulate the industry.

Consider Johnson & Johnson, one of the world’s largest health care companies.

In recent years, its reputation has been battered by accusations that products like its artificial hips and talcum powder have harmed customers. In 2019, an Oklahoma judge ordered the company to pay $572 million for contributing to the opioid epidemic.

This spring, Johnson & Johnson jumped into the hunt for a Covid-19 vaccine; its candidate is now in the final stage of clinical trials. (On Monday, the company said it had temporarily paused the study after a participant became sick with an unexplained illness.)

Regardless of whether the vaccine ever comes to market, the company is looking to create a surge of positive publicity from its work. Its chief executive, Alex Gorsky, went on the “Today” show this spring and called Johnson & Johnson’s lab workers heroes. The company has produced a slick, self-promotional online video series, “The Road to a Vaccine,” featuring feel-good interviews with the company’s scientists and segments on issues like whether it is safe to send children back to school.

Johnson & Johnson’s efforts to develop a vaccine will show that “J&J is a company full of people with heart and soul

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Warren Buffett bought Microsoft stock after meeting Bill Gates and made a $37 billion acquisition thanks to a chance encounter. Here are his 10 best quotes from an interview in a new book.

Warren Buffett bought Microsoft stock after meeting Bill Gates and made a $37 billion acquisition thanks to a chance encounter. Here are his 10 best quotes from an interview in a new book.



Warren Buffett wearing a suit and tie: Warren Buffett, co-chair of the 10,000 Small Businesses Advisory Council, takes part in a panel discussion following a news conference announcing a $20 million partnership to bring Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Small Businesses initiative to the city of Detroit, Michigan, November 26, 2013. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook


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Warren Buffett, co-chair of the 10,000 Small Businesses Advisory Council, takes part in a panel discussion following a news conference announcing a $20 million partnership to bring Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses initiative to the city of Detroit, Michigan, November 26, 2013. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

  • Warren Buffett gave investing advice to Bob Woodward, purchased Microsoft stock after meeting Bill Gates, and struck a $37 billion deal thanks to a chance meeting, he told David Rubenstein in “How to Lead: Wisdom from the World’s Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers.”
  • The famed investor and Berkshire Hathaway CEO also touched on railroads, his annual shareholder letters, his retirement plans, and his company’s future in the interview with the co-executive chairman of The Carlyle Group.
  • Scroll down to read Buffett’s 10 best quotes from the discussion.
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Warren Buffett gave investing advice to investigative journalist Bob Woodward, bought 100 Microsoft shares after meeting Bill Gates, and made a $37 billion acquisition because of a chance encounter, he told David Rubenstein in an interview for “How to Lead: Wisdom from the World’s Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers.”

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Rubenstein, the cofounder and co-executive chairman of The Carlyle Group, published the book in September. He spoke to Buffett, a billionaire investor and the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, in 2016.

Here are Buffett’s 10 best quotes from the interview:

1. “The railroad business had a bad century. They’re kind of like the Chicago Cubs. Everybody has a bad century now and then” — on Berkshire’s purchase of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad in 2009.

2. “I bought 100 shares just to keep track of what this young kid was doing” — on his early relationship with Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates. Buffett likely spent less than

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