Katalin Kariko and Drew Weissman, hailing from Hungary and the United States respectively, have been honored with the prestigious 2023 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Their groundbreaking research paved the way for the development of the inaugural mRNA vaccines against COVID-19, produced by Pfizer and Moderna, announced the Nobel Prize committee.
The Nobel jury commended their invaluable contributions to the rapid development of vaccines during one of the most critical global health crises in recent history.
The laureates are scheduled to be presented with their prestigious award, which includes a diploma, a gold medal, and a $1 million cash prize, at a formal ceremony in Stockholm on December 10. This date holds significance as it marks the anniversary of the passing of Alfred Nobel in 1896, the founder of the Nobel Prizes.
Last year’s Medicine Prize was bestowed upon Swedish paleogeneticist Svante Pääbo, recognized for his groundbreaking work in sequencing the Neanderthal genome and unveiling the existence of the Denisova hominin. The Nobel announcements will continue this week, with the Physics Prize announcement on Tuesday, followed by the Chemistry Prize on Wednesday.
The much-anticipated Literature Prize announcement is scheduled for Thursday, and Friday will see the announcement of the Peace Prize recipient. The Nobel season will conclude with the Economics Prize announcement on Monday, October 9.