New studies on microbiology to contribute to peace: UNESCO

Deputy Director General of UNESCO, Getachew Engida, said here Monday that the world needs new discoveries in microbiology to contribute to peace.

The recent outbreak of Ebola in Africa revealed that many diseases can emerge, Engida said in delivering the Carlos J. Finlay UNESCO Award in microbiology, which enhances the work of scientists from around the world in this specialty and its various branches.

Awarded in 2015 to the Japanese microbiologist Yoshihiro Kawaoka, the prize is named after the Cuban scientist, discoverer of the yellow fever transmitter vector, Carlos Juan Finlay, and the ceremony was held in the same place where Finlay presented the results of their research at the headquarters of the Academy of Sciences.

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