Acclaimed international scientist and chairperson of South Africa’s Covid-19 ministerial advisory committee, Prof Salim Abdool Karim, has won the prestigious John Maddox Prize 2020 for standing up for sound science in public, as the infectious diseases epidemiologist and director of the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research — together with Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the US — were on Monday jointly recognised for going beyond the line of duty as government advisers on health.