At the ceremony held in the historical city hall of Cologne, Germany, Prof. Dr. Uğur Şahin and Dr. Özlem Türeci received the title of “honorary doctorate” from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Cologne by signing the city’s golden notebook.
Cologne Metropolitan Mayor Henriette Reker thanked Şahin and Türeci, who graduated from high school in Cologne and received their doctorate from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Cologne, for their irreplaceable service to humanity.
Stating that the COVID-19 vaccine saved people from pain, trauma and loss for months and years, Reker said that this vaccine, which was found as a result of long-term studies, saved many people from death in the world.
“They entered the history of medicine with their contribution to the field of RNA vaccine”
Uğur Şahin stated that he had great memories with his friends, teachers and colleagues in the city of Cologne, where he spent his youth, and said that for them, Cologne is a perfect city that represents innovation, tradition and cosmopolitanism and inspires.
Expressing that Cologne is a university city with more than 100 thousand students, Özlem Türeci thanked those who deemed them worthy of this title.
Gereon Fink, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Cologne, stated that Türeci and Şahin entered the history of medicine with their contribution to the development of science in the field of RNA vaccine, and emphasized that he is pleased to be awarded the title of “honorary doctorate”.