Highlights:

  • The Nobel Foundation issued a statement informing that the prize winners would receive their awards in their home countries
  • The body explained that the decision was taken considering the uncertainty about the course of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Norwegian Nobel Committee which awards the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo is looking forward to the possibilities of welcoming laureates in person

On Thursday, the Nobel Foundation issued a statement informing that the prize winners would receive their awards in their home countries rather than attending a banquet in Stockholm.

The body explained that the decision was taken considering the uncertainty about the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and the possibilities for the international travel that comes with it.

According to reports, a ceremony will be organized for the respective presentations in the scientific categories as well as in literature at Stockholm’s City Hall on Noble day, December 10. However, the prize-winners will not be present at the event. The prizes for achievements in the fields of medicine, chemistry, physics, literature, economics and peace are to be disclosed between October 4 to October 11.

On the other hand, the Norwegian Nobel Committee which awards the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo is looking forward to the possibilities of welcoming laureates in person. Reportedly, it will announce the format of the Oslo ceremony by mid-October.

Vidar Helgesen, Executive Director of Nobel foundation voiced, “I think everybody would like the COVID-19 pandemic to be over, but we are not there yet.” He added, “Uncertainity about the course of the pandemic and international travel possibilities is the reason why 2021 laureates will receive their medals and diplomas in their home countries.”

In the previous year too, the foundation decided to award the science and literature prizes in laureate’s home countries on the grounds of travel restrictions enforced due to the pandemic. The foundation noted, “Like, in 2020, the 2021 ceremonies will be a mixture of digital and physical events.”

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