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Nobel Peace Prize 2020: Live updates

October 9, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A bust of Alfred Nobel is pictured prior to the announcement of the winners of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, on October 5, 2020. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)

The winner of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded at 5 a.m. ET on Friday in Oslo, Norway.

The bookmakers' favorite to win the prize is the World Health Organization (WHO), after a year in which it coordinated the global response to the coronavirus crisis.

"I'm quite skeptical, primarily because of the criticism that has been waged against the WHO," Henrik Urdal, the director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo, told CNN.

This year's award arrives in a year dominated by conflict, uncertainty, and a pandemic that has claimed more than 1 million lives worldwide -- lending an amplified significance to the prize, and leading to speculation among Nobel watchers that the committee could acknowledge the Covid-19 crisis in its decision-making.

There are 318 candidates, of which 211 are individuals and 107 are organizations, and as per tradition their names will not be divulged for 50 years.

"I'm less sure (of who will win) this year than I have been for a long time," Dan Smith, the director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, told CNN last week.

The winner will be announced at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo at 11:00 a. m. local time (5 a. m. ET).

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