You may have heard that Pfizer and BioNTech have developed a Covid 19 vaccine which will undoubtedly be approved for the US population. Much of the credit for that goes to Ugur Sahin, a Kurd who immigrated to Germany from Turkey when he was four years old. In 2008, Sahin, a physician and immunologist, co-founded BioNTech with his wife Ozlem Tureci, who is also a physician and chief medical officer at BioNTech. Drs. Sahin and Tureci are an amazing example of why western countries should welcome immigrants and the valuable knowledge and skills they bring with them. Their contributions to immunology and cancer research have made them celebrities in the global scientific community, who may indeed save humanity from the deadly pandemic. Their efforts could be deserving of the Nobel Prize.
Two years ago, BioNTech teamed up with the American company, Pfizer to create mRNA-based vaccines that could prevent influenza. Since January 2020, BioNTech and Pfizer have worked together to create a vaccine for SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus strain that causes COVID-19. Recently, their vaccine has been proven to be about 95% effective in stopping COVID-19. Sahin and Pfizer are optimistic that his BNT162b2 RNA vaccine could be the beginning of the end of the pandemic.