UCI professor wins international prize for work that led to COVID-19 vaccines

The conviction that science can and should make lives better always ran deep in [Philip] Felgner, and his painstaking work over the past 35 years laid the groundwork for the mRNA vaccines that are so startlingly effective against COVID-19. The UC Irvine professor has seen his work take off in ways he never quite expected, and soon he’ll be rubbing elbows with Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia as they honor him — alongside the German creators of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and four others — for outstanding advances in technical and scientific research.