When Preparation Meets Opportunity
mRNA’s rise amidst the COVID pandemic
The introduction of mRNA vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna for COVID-19 took much of the world by surprise. But for Katalin Karikó, Pieter Cullis, and Drew Weissman, among others, it was merely the culmination of decades of research and development. Implementing a novel modality during such a public health crisis took confidence, determination, and the hard work of millions of people. It didn’t happen overnight.