The Nobel Prize in Medicine 2020 has been awarded to Michael Houghton, Harvey J. Alter and Charles M. Rice for their discovery of Hepatitis C virus. The medicine prize holds significance this year due to the covid pandemic, which has highlighted the importance that medical research has for societies and economies around the world.
However, the winners are not directly involved in researching of the new Coronavirus, as the prize usually goes to discoveries made many years or even decades ago. The prestigious award comes with a gold medal and prize money of 10 million Swedish kronor (over $1,118,000), courtesy of a bequest left 124 years ago by the prize’s creator, Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel.