Spain’s king honors the two Biontech founders

Spain’s king honors the two Biontech founders
Spain’s king honors the two Biontech founders

Great honor for Ugur Sahin and Özlem Türeci: The two founders of Biontech are recognized by the Spanish King Felipe VI for their research. been awarded.

Spain’s King Felipe VI. at the presentation of the Princess of Asturias Awards, emphasized the importance of joint efforts in overcoming serious crises such as the corona pandemic. Covid-19 “made us vulnerable”, but also showed the benefits of cooperation, the monarch emphasized on Friday evening at the solemn ceremony in Oviedo in the north of the country. Biontech founders Ugur Sahin and Özlem Türeci together with five other developers of vaccines against the coronavirus received the so-called “Spanish Nobel Prize” in the research and technology division.

Leonor (15), eldest daughter of the king, heir to the throne and princess of Asturias, after whom the award is named, emphasized in her speech that the awards encouraged young people to work for a “sustainable, fairer and better future for all “. The award is given each year in eight categories and is endowed with 50,000 euros each.

Women’s rights activist among the award winners

This year’s award winners in the International Cooperation section included the organization CAMFED for the education of girls and women in Africa. The prize in the field of art went to the performance artist Marina Abramovic, who uses risky and complex performances to track down “the limits of body and mind” with her work in a constant search for individual freedom, explained the jury. The US journalist and women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem received the award in the communication and humanities category.

Other prizes went to the Indian economist and philosopher Amartya Sen (social sciences), the celebrity chef José Andrés and his aid organization World Central Kitchen (Eintracht), the French author Emmanuel Carrère (literature) and the Paralympic swimmer Teresa Perales (sports).


Spains king honors Biontech founders

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