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mRNA Vaccine Inventor Karikó Honored With Germany’s ‘Future’ Prize

Hungary Today 2021.11.19.

Katalin Karikó has received another prestigious award. The ‘Future Prize’ was awarded by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on November 17 in Berlin. It went to the developers of Biontech’s Corona vaccine, BioNTech founders Ugur Sahin and Özlem Türeci, as well as Christoph Huber, and Hungarian biochemist Katalin Karikó.

This article was originally published by our sister-site, Ungarn Heute. Translated by Júlia Tar.

“What BioNTech has achieved in the pandemic is groundbreaking and inspiring,” said Anja Karliczek (CDU), the acting federal research minister.

With the development of a safe and effective vaccine, BioNTech researchers have presumably saved the lives of millions of people worldwide and protected them from severe courses of the disease,”

the citation states.


The German ‘Future Prize’ is one of the most important scientific prizes in Germany. It was awarded for the 25th time this year. To receive the award, a product must not only be innovative but already developed to the point of marketability. The prize is endowed with 250,000 euros.

In recent months, Karikó has already received several prestigious international prizes, such as the Breakthrough Prize, described as a “scientific Oscar,” the Medical Science Prize of Keiō University in Tokyo, the Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize, and the New York Academy of Medicine Prize.

Katalin Karikó Wins New York Academy of Medicine Award
Katalin Karikó Wins New York Academy of Medicine Award

The NYAM honored Katalin Karikó and fellow researcher Drew Weissman, emphasizing that "They have made breakthroughs and innovations that will change the face of healthcare for years to come,"Continue reading

In Hungary, she was awarded the Semmelweis Prize in May.

Source: Bayerischer Rundfunk

Featured image via Tibor Rosta/MTI