Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca – all became household names as COVID-19 vaccines were developed and rolled out. Surveys indicate that the pandemic has been transformational for the image of big pharmaceutical firms.

But what now for this often controversial sector? Will the way vaccines and medicines are developed and distributed change as a result of the coronavirus experience? What will it all mean for healthcare around the world? In the latest episode of The Conversation Weekly, leading researchers consider the future of “planet pharma”.

The podcast draws from a series of research-based articles published across the network in recent months exploring the business of the pharmaceutical industry. You can read them here, and we’ll have more on the subject in English, French and Spanish in the days ahead. Meanwhile, the emergence of the Omicron variant has revived fears of further coronavirus waves. Keep an eye on all our COVID coverage.

Enjoy reading and listening. And, please do stay safe.

Fabrice Rousselot

Editor, The Conversation France

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