Houston researchers Dr Peter Hotez and Dr Maria Elena Bottazzi are among the nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize for COVID efforts.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Two Houston scientists are among the nominees for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize. Houston Congressman Lizzie Fletcher has nominated Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi and Dr. Peter Hotez at the University. Baylor Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital for their efforts in developing and distributing a COVID-19 vaccine worldwide.

For decades, their team of researchers has worked to help stop the spread of infectious diseases. That work has taken on new meaning over the past two years as they created a low-cost COVID vaccine for global use.

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“It uses protein, which is made in a vegan way because we use a yeast fermentation system. And I have to say, we got a huge response from people,” Bottazzi said. “It’s an unbelievable feeling. Just thinking about us, our team, and the work that we’ve been doing and have been doing for two decades. It’s unbelievable.”

Dr Hotez told ABC13: “We’re still in the process of trying to speed up our vaccine globally, now it’s been released for emergency use in India. In a way , that’s the first step”. “(We’re) absolutely delighted that she (Flecther) would appreciate us doing this.”

As a member of the national legislature, Flecther, a Democrat representing Texas’ seventh congressional district, is among a select group of people who could nominate potential Nobel laureates. power.

“What’s special about what they’ve done is develop and distribute this vaccine to everyone in the world without any kind of patent or limitation on usage,” Fletcher said. “It’s just remarkable work, and we think it’s important that we celebrate that in the United States and that we promote it.”

The nomination process is confidential. The Nobel committee itself doesn’t release the names of the nominees until 50 years after their review, but we do know the timetable for this year’s awards. Nominations will come in from Monday, January 31. In March, a shortlist is prepared and then reviewed from April to August. The winners are announced in early October and they claim their prize in Oslo, Norway on December 10.

“The idea that we can get credit for this is something very special,” Hotez said.

On Tuesday, Fletcher was also among 14 members of Congress who sent letters to the White House and President Joe Biden in which they asked the administration for help in getting the vaccine to those in need around the world. gender.

“What they have done is really important and of great benefit to the countries of the world and to their people,” said Fletcher.

Bottazzi and Hotez give credit to their team, which has worked tirelessly for many years to help those who may otherwise be overlooked in accessing vaccines.

“Texas represents the United Nations. It’s very diverse and has representation from almost anywhere in the world. And I think that’s got us focused on what we need to do for the world, especially during this pandemic,” Bottazzi said.


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