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.

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