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Scientists whose work enabled mRNA Covid vaccine win Nobel prize for medicine

  • Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman won the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries enabling the development of mRNA vaccines against COVID-19. Their groundbreaking findings revolutionized our understanding of how mRNA interacts with the immune system and contributed to the rapid development of vaccines during the pandemic.
  • The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine carries a cash award of 11 million Swedish kronor and is presented to the laureates at ceremonies on December 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel's death. The prize money was increased this year due to the falling value of the Swedish currency.
  • Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman's discoveries concerning nucleoside base modifications enabled the development of effective mRNA vaccines against COVID-19, which played a crucial role in saving lives during the early phase of the pandemic. Their achievements build upon previous Nobel-winning research that unlocked key insights into the human immune system.
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