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There are 3 comments on How Scientists Drew Weissman (MED’87, GRS’87) and Katalin Karikó Developed the Revolutionary mRNA Technology inside COVID Vaccines

  1. Compare how big Pharma is intending to cash in on research developed in universities with NIH funding with Jonas Salk who purposely did not patent the polio vaccine formula. And Moderna is playing hard nosed business monolith by refusing to share the formula with an African gentech company who can make the vaccine available for use in Africa in a year. Without the exact formula it will take 3 years. In Africa the vaccine rate is at 1% for a country that has spawned a new variation that’s spreading rapidly. Moderna says it intends to build a lab in Africa to produce the vaccine. But at what price? And how many people die while Moderna makes obscene profits?

  2. This is a fascinating article about true research, and how it has positively impacted the entire world’s population. I am wondering whether or not Dr. Weissman is continuing to work with Ms. Kariko ? It seems that she is hardly mentioned in the article, with chief focus on Dr. Weissman. Without her synthetic mRNA, the vaccine would not have been developed at this time.

    That means continued high death rates across the world. I was just wondering why more of her was not in the article.

    1. Hi Eva,

      Thank you for your note. We focused on Dr. Weissman because he is a BU alum, and Bostonia is the alumni magazine of Boston University. We did, however, want to include Dr. Kariko because her role is just as important.

      All my best,

      Cindy Buccini
      Editor

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