The Nobel Prize in Medicine for the creators of coronavirus vaccines? Not so fast

The Nobel Laureates 2021 are around the corner. On Monday, October 4, we will meet the Medicine, on Tuesday the Physics and Wednesday the Chemistry. Later, on Thursday we will meet the winner of the Literature award, on Friday the Peace award and on Monday the 11th the Economy one. But focusing on the first, this year it is inevitable to think that it is possible that some of the developers of the coronavirus vaccines.

It would not be for less, because they have gotten us out of a very fat predicament, although there are still those who do not want to see it. Yes, it is true that we are not fully out yet, but the situation would be much worse if we had not been able to get vaccinated yet. This is precisely why it is so important to remember that there is still a large part of the world unvaccinated and that they deserve it as much as we do.

But, going back to Nobel Laureates 2021Is it possible that the scientists behind the coronavirus vaccines win it? Well yes, it could be, although at the moment it is not even possible to know if they are nominated. Let’s not forget that nominations take time 50 years to be made public. We will have to wait until 2071 to find out. In the meantime, since there is plenty of time, let’s look at other names that are in the pools.

2021 Nobel Laureates in Medicine: Beyond Coronavirus Vaccines

As every year, the consulting firm Clarivate Analytics has developed your list of possible candidates for Nobel Laureates 2021, based on the research that has received the most citations in scientific studies in the last year. In the case of the Medicine award, a solo researcher and two couples are singled out.

A solitary scientist and two couples are the candidates of this year’s Clarivate pool for the Nobel Prize in Medicine

The first is Jean-Pierre Changeux, Emeritus Professor at the Collège de France and the Institut Pasteur in Paris and a researcher at the University of California at San Diego. As for the reason for which he could obtain the award, it would be “his contributions to our understanding of neuroreceptors and especially the identification of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor and its alloteric properties ”. These receptors control the transmission of neuromuscular signals, in addition to modulating many other neural circuits. For this reason, their knowledge has been a great advance, especially since they are a great drug target on which a lot of research has their sights set.

They could also be candidates for the 2021 Nobel Prize in Medicine Tadamitsu Kishimoto and Toshio Hirano. Both belong to the University of Osaka, although the latter is also President of the National Institute of Radiological and Quantum Science and Technology of Japan. Both could be nominated for “the discovery of interleukin-6 and the description of its physiological and pathological actions ”. Interleukin-6 performs very important functions in the immune system, so its finding has allowed the development of drugs capable, for example, of regulating the inflammatory response to infections, preventing it from being too high. It has been, without a doubt, a great discovery.

And finally, they have also received many appointments this year Karl M. Johnson, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the University of New Mexico, and Ho wang lee, from the University of South Korea and the National Academy of Sciences of this same country. In their case, they could receive the award for “the identification and isolation of the Hantaan virus (hantavirus), agent of hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome ”.

This is a pathogen that has been talked about a lot in the last year and a half. Possibly because knowing cases of hantavirus infections fueled fear of an unknown pandemic that had already sown SARS-CoV-2. However, it is a family of viruses more than known, thanks to these scientists. And knowing them so well is vital to avoid infections, hence it is considered a more than worthy finding of one of the 2021 Nobel Prizes in case coronavirus vaccines are not the protagonists.

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The Nobel Prize in Medicine for the creators of coronavirus vaccines? Not so fast