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Katalin Karikó and co-researcher Drew Weissman will be among scientists recognised with next year’s Benjamin Franklin Medals for their achievement in life sciences, the Philadelphia-based Franklin Institute announced on its website on Thursday.

The two scientists will receive the award “for fundamental research enabling the use of mRNA as a safe, effective, and life-saving vaccine platform for the prevention of infectious disease, including COVID-19”, the website said.

The award-giving ceremony is planned for May 5 next year.

mRNA Vaccine Inventor Karikó Honored With Germany's 'Future' Prize
mRNA Vaccine Inventor Karikó Honored With Germany's 'Future' Prize

"What BioNTech has achieved in the pandemic is groundbreaking and inspiring," said Anja Karliczek (CDU), the German acting federal research minister.Continue reading

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