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Andrew Witty, a top executive at UnitedHealth Group, is taking a leave of absence to work on a coronavirus vaccine.
Witty, who serves as the president of UnitedHealth and as CEO of the company’s Optum business arm, will be co-leading the World Health Organization’s efforts to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, UnitedHealth said on Wednesday morning.
“I am deeply honored to help lead this mission to seek a COVID-19 vaccine,” Witty said in a news release on Wednesday.
Prior to joining UnitedHealth in 2018, Witty was CEO of vaccine-maker GlaxoSmithKline. GSK on Tuesday announced that it’s working with French pharma giant Sanofi to develop their own coronavirus vaccine.