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[This article belongs to Volume - 25, Issue - 06]

THE PATH FROM DISCOVERY TO ELIMINATION OF HEPATITIS C VIRUS

The Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, in the year 2020, has been awarded to three scientists, Harvey Alter, Michael Houghton, and Charles Rice, for jointly discovering the hepatitis C virus (HCV). This remarkable achievement is a huge breakthrough in the fight against hepatitis C. Most importantly, their pioneering works have successfully saved millions of lives by acting as the foundation for sensitive blood tests and effective antivirals. Inspired by the 2020 Nobel Prize winners, this review article honors their great efforts and discusses several unmet needs in the path toward HCV elimination. In Taiwan, we adopted a micro-elimination approach plus patient-centric outreach program to tackle the obstacles that stand in the way of HCV elimination. With its significant results, HCV elimination could be achieved in the near future.