Three scientists from Japan, Ireland, and China have won the Nobel Prize in medicine this year for the work on a therapy for malaria and other diseases.
They have contributed to saving millions of people’s lives in the developing world.
Satoshi Omura, a professor emeritus of Kitasato University, and William Campbell, an Irish-born researcher from Drew University in New Jersey,shared half the prize for their research on the drug “avermectin”.
The medicine has dramatically reduced the incidence of river blindness and lymphatic filariasis, commonly known as elephantiasis.
Another winner is a medical researcher Tu Youyoua.
She discovered artemisinin, a drug that has contributed to significantly reducing the mortality rate for malaria.
The last time Chinese citizen won a Nobel Prize was in 2012, when Mo Yan got the literature award, but it was the first time that the Chinese scientist was given the Nobel Prize for the work carried out within China.
At a news conference, Omura humbly said, “I was helped by microorganisms. I don’t think I did a noble job.
I was constantly thinking how I could do just a tiny bit for others.”