Hungarian biochemist Katalin Karikó was awarded the “Golden Arrow” lifetime achievement award by the management and business conference Vienna Congress com.sult 2022 for her work in the development of Covid-19 vaccines on Sunday.
This year Karikó is the main speaker of the conference, which awards the prize every year and this year focuses on the topic of health.
At the award ceremony, Katalin Karikó was honored by the Austrian Minister of Agriculture Elisabeth Köstinger for her “achievements in the service of all mankind”. She emphasized that the biochemist “has never lost her commitment and has always gone her own way in her 40 years of research work,” adding that
This discipline and its tremendous perseverance have transformed the lives of billions of people.”
The President of the Medical Association, Thomas Szekeres, also paid tribute to the researcher and said: “It is important to confront the rampant hostility towards science with facts and connections. The achievements of Katalin Karikó, whose research forms the crucial basis for the development of mRNA-based Covid-19 vaccines, are also crucial for the medical profession itself, which has been and is at the forefront in the fight against coronavirus worldwide.”
At the Vienna Congress, 57 speakers from 15 countries, including five Nobel Prize winners, will discuss “how to save the future”.
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