Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) raised concerns over Slaoui’s ties to GSK in May. “It is a huge conflict of interest for the White House’s new vaccine czar to own $10 million of stock in a company receiving government funding to develop a Covid-19 vaccine,” Warren tweeted. “Dr. Slaoui should divest immediately.”
As Common Dreams reported, the former executive’s refusal to relinquish his shares in the company made the process of awarding a contract a “sham,” in the words of former Office of Government Ethics director Walter Shaub.
“You can’t have a contractor supervising government officials,” said Shaub