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Financial Times selects Turkish scientists Sahin and Tureci as People of the Year

Financial Times selects Turkish scientists Sahin and Tureci as People of the Year

The husband-and-wife team of Ugur Sahin and Ozlem Tureci developed a vaccine in preventing coronavirus.
16.12.2020 - 15:54

Turkish researchers Ugur Sahin and Ozlem Tureci, who developed a coronavirus vaccine in less than a year, were chosen as People of the Year by Financial Times.

"The couple achieved a remarkable scientific and business success," the London-based newspapers noted.

Founded in 2008 by Dr. Sahin and Dr. Tureci in Germany, the pharmaceutical company BioNTech partnered with US-based Pfizer to develop coronavirus vaccine, which was announced it is effective more than 90 percent against the virus.

"A TRIUMPH OF INNOVATION"

"Even a few months ago, scientists suggested it would be a major achievement to get a vaccine so quickly that was 70 per cent effective," the newspaper said. "Instead, there are at least three that could be 90 per cent plus. Taken together, they represent a triumph of innovation."

"THEY ARE THE SYMBOL OF A SUCCESS STORY"

"They are the symbol of a remarkable scientific and business success story," it added.

Both Sahin and Tureci were born to immigrant parents from Turkey who moved to Germany in the 1960s.