Published 2 October 2023 by LINO News

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2023

On Monday, 2 October 2023, the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet awarded the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman “for their discoveries concerning nucleoside base modifications that enabled the development of effective mRNA vaccines against COVID-19”.

Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman. Credit: Ill. Niklas Elmehed © Nobel Prize Outreach

“The discoveries by the two Nobel Laureates were critical for developing effective mRNA vaccines against COVID-19 during the pandemic that began in early 2020. Through their groundbreaking findings, which have fundamentally changed our understanding of how mRNA interacts with our immune system, the laureates contributed to the unprecedented rate of vaccine development during one of the greatest threats to human health in modern times.”