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French Academy of Sciences Honours Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Creator Karikó

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.09.29.

Hungarian biochemist Katalin Karikó has been awarded this year’s Grande Medaille, the French Academy of Sciences said on Tuesday.

Karikó, the vice president of BioNTech, which has led research on mRNA-based medicine since the 1990s, has played a major role in developing new vaccination strategies which have been used in the fight against Covid-19.

Commenting on the award, the University of Szeged noted the French Academy of Sciences founded the Grande Medaille in 1997, and it is bestowed upon a French or foreign scientist in alternate years.

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"I was curious. My science teachers made sure I stayed curious and encouraged me to keep learning," the mRNA pioneer said about her childhood in Hungary in her acceptance speech.Continue reading

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