This is the story of a 22-year-old with no health care experience who talked his way into a COVID-19 vaccine distribution deal he thought would make him millions — only to have his company implode as thousands of people awaited vaccinations. How did he end up with so much power? And was he a grifter, or just an opportunist working the American health care system the way it’s designed?
The Pennsylvania attorney general has filed a civil complaint against Andrei Doroshin, claiming he broke a number of laws during his time as the head of Philly Fighting COVID.
Ep 5: ‘Watch a Man’s Feet’
The Philly Fighting COVID scandal wasn’t just a one-off. The fiasco broke trust with the very people the city and the company said they wanted to help most.
Ep 4: Duped
Philly Fighting COVID’s quick and chaotic fall left many people wondering how this possibly could have happened. We investigate two leading theories.
Ep 3: Ghosted
Philly Fighting COVID abandons community testing for vaccines, the clinic turns to chaos, and the city cuts ties with the company.
Ep 2: Sprezzatura
Andrei Doroshin, Philly Fighting COVID’s CEO, ran the company like a high school clique and former staffers describe a crude, volatile leader.
Ep 1. ‘Shooting for the Heavens’
Philly Fighting COVID was a young startup that pledged to vaccinate Philadelphia. What did the city’s health department see in this group in the first place?
WHYY always has expert production and journalists, and you gotta love a juicy biotech scandal. Thank you for your reporting!
A thoroughly reported and well produced show. Essential for understanding how Philly went wrong managing COVID and the systemic problems that pervade the city government.
Smart , fun, on point, learned a lot