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Gold medals for two scientists who are heroes in SA’s fight against Covid

The Academy of Science of South Africa this week recognised professors Shabir Madhi and Barry Schoub

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Professors Shabir Madhi and Barry Schoub have become household names in SA since the Covid-19 pandemic struck. Now both have been honoured with top awards that recognise the impact of their work on society.

The Academy of Science of South Africa announced this week that the pair have received Science-for-Society Gold Medal awards for outstanding achievement. They were honoured at a virtual ceremony on Wednesday.

Speaking to Sunday Times Daily, Madhi said: “It’s a wonderful recognition of the contributions of a highly talented team that I have had the privilege of leading over the past 26 years. The team has and continues to undertake highly impactful translational research on epidemiology of vaccine preventable diseases and contributed to the clinical development of vaccines against the leading respiratory pathogens causing suffering and death, most of which unfortunately occur on the African continent.”..

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