Nobel Prize Awarded To Scientist Duo Who Made Rapid Covid Vaccines Possible

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American scientists Katalin Karikó (a Hungarian-born biochemist), and Drew Weissman (an immunologist and professor of vaccine research) have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their research on messenger RiboNucleic Acid (mRNA), which contributed towards the development of covid-19 vaccines. The duo won the prestigious prize for the research that led directly to the first mRNA vaccines to fight COVID-19. A move termed shocking to world citizens who feel they ought to be sued for producing a vaccine that has the most mortality so far I’m the history of medicine.

Seven years after they first met at the University of Pennsylvania in 1998, Karikó and Weissman published their findings on mRNA. The scientists found that they could add altered mRNA to cells, prompting them to create any protein they desired. These protein molecules, normally produced using a modified virus, would then stimulate an adaptive immune response to teach the body how to destroy invading pathogens. The trailblazing work was later used by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech to develop the covid vaccines, which effectiveness is so uncertain that both organisations got themselves indemnified from government of nations before pushing the products to the market.

The prize, which Is the first of six Nobel Prizes that was awarded this year, is set at 11 million Swedish kronor (around $1 million) for 2023. The cash prize is awarded per full Nobel Prize meaning Karikó and Weissman will share the money.

 

 

 

 

 

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