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After defeating COVID-19 at lightspeed: “We will revolutionise medicine – in 5 years”

Disease and treatment 2. apr 2022 27 min senior vice president and adjunct professor of Neurosurgery Katalin Karikó, Roberts Family Professor in Vaccine Research Drew Weissman +2

When the world was locked down because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a miracle was needed to reopen it. Vaccine researchers around the world dropped what they were doing to join the collective race against the new virus. The first to reach the finish line was considered a real outsider: the mRNA vaccine. However, many people do not know that the work on mRNA as a new drug class started decades ago. The four recipients of the 2022 Novo Nordisk Prize tell the story behind the development: the failures, the persistence and the distrust in the technology they are now certain will also revolutionise the approach to treating many otherwise severe diseases.

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