- Professor Salim Abdool Karim has been announced as a co-recipient of the John Maddox Prize 2020
- Prof Karim shares the award with the leading expert on disease control in the US, Anthony Fauci
- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize shared a lovely congratulatory message for Prof Karim on Twitter
Professor Salim Abdool Karim has been announced as the joint winner of the John Maddox Prize 2020. He shares the prize with Anthony Fauci, the leading expert on disease control in the United States of America.
Prof Karim is an infectious diseases specialist who was chosen to lead the ministerial advisory committee which guides the South African government’s response to the pandemic. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize shared a congratulatory message for Prof Karim on Twitter.
Prof Karim also shared the news to Twitter stating that the is grateful to be a co-recipient of the award. He added that he feels honoured to share the award with his "long-standing colleague and friend, Anthony Fauci."
According to senseaboutscience, The John Maddox Prize recognises the work of individuals who promote science and evidence.
Take a look at Dr Mkhize's tweet below:
Below is Prof Karim's tweet:
Take a look at a few of the well wishes Prof Karim received on Twitter:
"Well done Prof you have really worked hard to help our SA manage this terrible pandemic."
"WOW!!! this is incredible. You make South Africa so so proud!"
"Congratulations Prof Karim and to Dr Fauci too. A well deserved honor to you both and a heartfelt thank you for the work you do and how you've both served your respective nations during this time."
"So proud. You so deserve it. You have been a shining light and a sane voice. We have someone we can trust implicitly."
Briefly.co.za previously reported on Prof Karim after Bill Gates praised him and his wife, Prof Quarraisha. The Microsoft founder hailed the couple for their continued efforts in combatting HIV/Aids and Covid-19. The husband-and-wife team were featured in Gates' blog, Gates Notes.
Gates did a full background on the Abdool Karims on his blog. He spoke about the couple meeting at medical school in South Africa before moving to the US to finish their studies. Prof Salim is an infectious diseases specialist who was chosen to lead the ministerial advisory committee which guides the South African government’s response to the pandemic.
Prof Quarraisha is an associate scientific director at Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa) as well a professor in clinical epidemiology at Columbia University in the US.
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