This year, Katalin Kariko and Drew Weissman were awarded the Nobel prize for their research enabling the development of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. This prize rightly honours the importance of vaccines and vaccination research.
Hi, I’m Guy from Kieger.
We all know how important COVID vaccines were; Today I want to take a step back and show you how much humanity has benefitted from other vaccines.
Source: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Global Burden of Disease (2019). Vaccine-preventable diseases: Tuberculosis, Meningitis, Whooping cough, Measles, Tetanus, Hepatitis B, Diphteria, Yellow Fever.
As the chart shows, thanks to both research and access efforts, the number of people dying from vaccine-preventable diseases, such as hepatitis B, has decreased by more than 50% over the past 30 years; from 3.6 million annual deaths to 1.7 million. This shows the tremendous impact of vaccines.
But there is still room for improvement. To get there, the world will need more brilliant minds such as those of Nobel prize winners Kariko and Weissmann.