"Their life is an impressive story": Özlem Türeci (left) and Uğur Şahin
Photo: Federico Gambarini / picture alliance / dpa
Uğur Şahin and Özlem Türeci, founders of the vaccine manufacturer Biontech, are to be shown as a motif on banknotes of the European Central Bank (ECB) in the future.
This is what the FDP MEP Moritz Körner calls for.
The new euro banknotes should show important European personalities, said Körner to “Welt am Sonntag” - and Şahin and Türeci were definitely one of them.
Your work has saved the lives of millions of Europeans: "Your path in life is an impressive story of integration, advancement, entrepreneurship, scientific excellence and the potential of an open immigration society."
In the wake of the corona pandemic, the Mainz vaccine manufacturer Biontech managed to develop a vaccine against Covid-19 based on the so-called mRNA technology and to bring it to approval with completed studies.
20 years after the introduction of euro cash, the European Central Bank has started a process to redesign the banknotes.
The population should be involved in detail, among other things, opinion researchers should determine the design wishes in the EU countries.
However, it will be several years before revised notes are actually available: The ECB Council is to decide on the production of new banknotes in 2024 and also on when they can be put into circulation.
him / dpa