Pfizer says employee stole confidential COVID-19 vaccine documents 

Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) accused a former employee Chun Xiao (Sherry) Li of uploading 12,000 documents from a company-issued laptop to a personal Google Drive account and various personal devices.

In a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, Pfizer also accuses Li of misleading the company about what she did with the files she reportedly took, which included sensitive intellectual property.

The alleged stolen documents pertain to “numerous Pfizer vaccines, drugs, and other innovations,” including its COVID-19 vaccine and avelumab and elranatamab monoclonal antibodies.

The company jointly developed the COVID-19 vaccine with BioNTech. Pfizer jointly developed avelumab (Bavencio) with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. The drug won FDA approval in 2020.

The bispecific monoclonal antibody elranatamab remains in the clinic.

The lawsuit notes that Pfizer…

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