Dr Katalin Karikó
Dr Karikó is a Hungarian-American scientist whose work through 1990’s and 2000’s paved the way for the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine development. It is estimated that without her ground-breaking research, vaccine development would have taken more than 20 years. Along with her research partner Dr Drew Weissman, Kati ( as she is known in the USA) holds the patents that are licensed to both BionTech (Pfizer) and Moderna in the development of their vaccines. The world thanks you for your tireless scientific endeavours Dr Karikó, which in no small measure have already, and will continue to save lives.