Former President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences E. Sylvester Vizi has said in an inspiring statement aired in public Kossuth Radio that this virus is the plague of our time. Pharmacologist, physician, and neuroscientist, Professor E. Sylvester Vizi, who is also chair of the Board of Trustees of the Friends of Hungary Foundation which publishes Hungary Today, encourages us to be proud of the accomplishment of Katalin Karikó and her coworkers for developing the vaccine. Anyone who does not take part in the mass vaccination, he says, is committing a grave mistake.
The plague of our time, a small virus, is devastating the world. Hundreds of millions have been infected and millions have died. Characteristic of it is that it spreads quickly: from one person to another. The world finds itself in a war: a war in which there is only one enemy: the virus itself. Our immune systems were not ready for its attack. Yet still, science has worked wonders: scientists have within a short amount of time developed various vaccines which teach our bodies to defend themselves.
We can be proud that hundreds of millions of people are receiving the version of the vaccine which Katalin Karikó, born in Szolnok and raised in Hungary, discovered, and developed with her coworkers in America.
Anyone who does not take part in borderless Europe’s mass vaccination is committing a grave mistake, since with it we could halt the spread of the virus, as well as the disruptions and losses it has caused to our society and the economy.”
Public media has started a campaign for coronavirus vaccination. Several well-known and well-recognized Hungarian public figures, among them Professor Vizi, got the chance to speak on Kossuth Radio about the importance of getting vaccinated.
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