Jacinto Convit

Jacinto Convit


The Venezuelan physician and scientist Jacinto Convit who developed the vaccine to fight leprosy never charged a patient for the care he gave in all his professional life.


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Jacinto Convit Garcia was a Venezuelan physician and scientist, known for developing a vaccine to prevent leprosy and his studies to treat cancer. He played a role in founding Venezuela's National Institute of Biomedicine and held many leprosy-related positions.

Among Convit's many honors for his work on leprosy and tropical diseases was Spain's Prince of Asturias Award in the Scientific and Technical Research category and France's Legion of Honor. In 1988, Convit was nominated for a Nobel Prize in Medicine for his experimental anti-leprosy vaccine.

Described as a popular hero, he never charged a patient for the care he gave. Convit published his last study at age 100 in 2013.


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