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The COVID Vaccine is an Immigrant Success Story
By admin December 9, 2020

Presentation of the 13th German Sustainability Award : News Photo
Ugur Sahin & Ozlem Tureci of BioNTech:
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Given the anti-immigrant hysteria that gripped some parts of Europe and the U.S., it’s worth noting that immigrants are behind the Moderna and Pfizer and BioNTech vaccines and they really deserve the credit.

Reason notes the following: “Noubar Afeyan, co-founder of Moderna, emigrated with his parents from Lebanon to Canada, as a teenager. Ugur Sahin and Ozlem Tureci, the husband and wife team that founded BioNTech, are children of Turkish immigrants who came to Germany as guest-workers—a group much derided by German anti-immigrant nationalists. It is perhaps worth adding that Moncef Slaoui, the scientist who heads the US federal government Operation Warp Speed vaccine development initiative, emigrated from Morocco to Belgium at the age of 17, and eventually came to the US.”

Meanwhile, AA covered the Sahin-Tureci story:

“The development of the world’s first effective coronavirus vaccine candidate has turned the world’s attention to two Turkish-German scientists who achieved the breakthrough.”

“The pharmaceutical company BioNTech, which Dr. Ugur Sahin and his wife, Dr. Ozlem Tureci, founded in 2008, managed to develop an experimental vaccine together with its American partner Pfizer which was found to be more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19.”

“On Monday, Sahin, who is BioNTech’s CEO, announced positive results from the Phase 3 trials and expressed hope that their efforts would help bring an end to the global health crisis.”

“The first interim analysis of our global Phase 3 study provides evidence that a vaccine may effectively prevent COVID-19. This is a victory for innovation, science and a global collaborative effort,” he said.

Immigration success story

“The success of Sahin and Tureci, renowned scientists in the field of oncology and immunology in Germany, made headlines after the announcement both in…[click here for the rest of story].”

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