Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala, HP, India – His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote to Drew Weissman and Katalin Kariko to offer his congratulations.
“The path-breaking technology that the two of you developed,” he wrote, “led to the production of the mRNA Covid vaccines. Your work set an example of how scientific research can make a real contribution to the well-being of humanity at large. Your research, begun before the Covid pandemic occurred, saved a vast number of lives throughout the world. I applaud your achievement and the way you have made your lives meaningful through dedicated service for the benefit of others.
“Today, we are reminded daily how deeply interconnected our world has become and the vitally important role the scientific community can play in making it a better, safer place for us all.”