Castro praises Honduran scientist Bottazzi nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

This content was published on February 02, 2022 – 05:13

Tegucigalpa, Feb 1 (EFE) .- The president of Honduras, Xiomara Castro, praised her compatriot María Elena Bottazzi, a scientist, for having been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her contribution to humanity with the Corbevax vaccine. , patent-free and low cost, together with his colleague Peter Hoter.

“So much pride! María Elena Bottazzi, a Honduran scientist, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. A Honduran at heart who has dedicated her life to service through science. There is no doubt that this is our moment, the time for Honduran women!” President Castro, who took office on January 27, emphasized on the social network Twitter.

Bottazzi, an Italian-born Honduran who also has US nationality, and Hoter were nominated for the high award by US Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher, in a letter sent to the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

“As the people of the world face the many challenges of the pandemic, the effort to develop and distribute a low-cost vaccine for all people, without limitation of patents, represents the work of brotherhood among nations and peoples that the Nobel Prize, represents and celebrates,” underlines the letter sent by Fletcher.

The Corbevax vaccine that the Texas Children’s Hospital (USA) and the Baylor College of Medicine have launched is a relief for poor countries affected by the covid-19 pandemic, Bottazzi told Efe on January 8, in telephone communication from Houston.

“10 years ago we received some funds to start a program for emerging diseases, focusing on two coronaviruses, first SARS and then MERS, and that knowledge has allowed us to develop prototypes for the vaccine against covid after 2020.” -19,” he added.

After learning of the nomination, Bottazzi, through a video, sent a message to Hondurans telling them that “today has been a very special day, very exciting, with thousands of messages, congratulations, beautiful words from friends, colleagues, of relatives, institutions, the media and most importantly, many, many Hondurans”.

In her words of thanks, she pointed out that the honor that has been conferred on her, Hoter and the research team they direct and the institutions with which they work, has been something “very special”.

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“This nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize really, for me, largely reflects my Honduran roots,” he emphasized.

“So this nomination is yours, thanks for all your support, thanks for all your messages and move on. Up Honduras,” said the scientist from the Central American country.

The researcher indicated in January that Corbevax, which is already being produced on a large scale in India, to put 100 million doses per month on the market, although between January and February they expect to have 300 million, “we are calling it the vaccine of the world”.

The cost of the vaccine is one to two dollars, very low compared to the high cost of other well-known pharmaceutical companies, according to the Honduran professional, who today has been highlighted in all the press in her country and greeted by various institutions.

“We are proud of the nomination of Dr. María Elena Bottazzi @mebottazzi for the Nobel Peace Prize, recognition for her extraordinary work in health and contribution to humanity before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. A high honor for our beloved #Honduras,” the rector of the National Autonomous University of Honduras (Unah) said on Twitter.

Bottazzi, a graduate in Microbiology from Unah, is also promoting other projects to create a research and development capacity in Central America and the Caribbean, in which she hopes to soon achieve something concrete from Panama.

The project in Central America and the Caribbean, according to Bottazzi, may be possible with financing from the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), among other organizations.

Bottazzi, who began to enter the field of research in Honduras, has been working in the United States for more than 20 years in the development of vaccines.

His research began “with a very specific focus” on developing drugs for neglected tropical diseases, many known in Honduras that have to do with intestinal worms, Chagas disease and leishmaniasis. EFE

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Castro praises Honduran scientist Bottazzi nominated for Nobel Peace Prize