.Bethesda, MD, USA
Boxes containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are prepared to be shipped (Photo credit: AFP)

  • The vaccine will be tested at the US National Institutes of Health
  • The South African variant is feared for being less effective against the vaccines
  • The variant specific vaccines will not be going through the entire authorisation process

.Philadelphia, PA, USA
Katalin Kariko is the brain behind mRNA vaccines. (Photo Credit:Twitter/@kkariko)

  • Katalin Kariko believed mRNA held the key to treating diseases where having more of the right kind of protein can help
  • She, along with her collaborator Drew Weissman, achieved a breakthrough with mRNA in 2005
  • Now, her pioneering work could be what saves the world from a 100-year pandemic