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As COVID-19 continues its spread around the world, pharmaceutical companies have been working day and night for their shared goal: to develop a vaccine against the disease and end the pandemic.

AstraZeneca, a global pharmaceutical company combining Swedish and British innovation, is at the forefront of vaccine development. They announced on November 23rd that their vaccine is up to 90% effective. With this significant progress, they will hopefully soon be able to provide the world with a safe and reliable vaccine. 💉

SwedCham is proud to welcome Alec van Gelder, Executive Director of International Government Affairs at AstraZeneca in Shanghai, for this final Sharp Talk of 2020. He will present to us AstraZeneca's journey and progress on vaccine development, unique insights from a pharmaceutical company operating in a pandemic world, and their determination to make the vaccine accessible for all and at no profit during the pandemic.

This event is a hybrid event and you are welcome to join us offline in Shanghai at address below, or online on Zoom. We are very happy to partner with the Swedish Chambers in several APAC countries and their members will also join online!


Sharp Talk: Vaccine Development with AstraZeneca


December 15th

08:30-10:00 AM


Venue sponsored by:

M Place, China Merchants Plaza

333 Chengdu North Road, 9/F, Room 903

For online attendance, please register Zoom ticket.

About the speaker

Alec van Gelder is a Public Affairs leader, with experience managing high level stakeholders and influencing public policy globally, particularly in emerging markets, including China. He joined AstraZeneca in 2011.


  • Alec van Gelder (Executive Director, International Government Affairs of AstraZeneca China)

    Alec van Gelder

    Executive Director, International Government Affairs of AstraZeneca China

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Sponsors and Partners

Corporate Gold Partners

A special thanks to our Corporate Gold Partners for supporting the Swedish business community in China.


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