Nine scientists to be honored for COVID-19 vaccines at UCI

Nine scientists who pioneered and helped develop technology that led to the COVID-19 vaccines will be honored for their work at an event Friday at UC Irvine. The development of the COVID-19 vaccines is much like the breakthrough of Dr. Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine in the 1950s and could usher in a rush of new disease-preventing shots, UC Irvine’s director of vaccine research Philip Felgner said. … Felgner’s pioneering work dates back to 1984 with a discovery that helped spawn the science that culminated in the mRNA vaccines.