The front line in the battle against Coronavirus
The massive outbreak of Coronavirus was so sudden and unusual that it took governments around the world by surprise. Communities and populations were not prepared to receive such an impact and the global health system was not ready to assist the number of people infected with COVID-19.
Certainly, the pioneers and heroes of our times, who are on the front line in the battle against the global pandemic are health workers. With this, we refer not only to physicians and nurses, but also to researchers who are constantly working to find the antidote to COVID-19.
The creation of the vaccine against this highly contagious virus has been the global priority for at least nine months. At the same time, governments try to counteract the impact of the crisis, which not only affected the health system, but also unleashed an economic, political and social crisis.
There are already several vaccines that are about to be approved for human use. In fact, there are currently two vaccines that could open a door of hope for the world. It is imperative to know that the two companies in charge of developing these tests were established by immigrants.
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Immigrants lead the battle against COVID-19
The two companies that currently have a highly effective vaccine are:
- Pfizer, along with BioNTech.
This has drawn the attention of dozens of critics, specialists and experts, who state that these companies have been established by immigrants or by their children, which demonstrates the importance of international cooperation and how immigration becomes beneficial to the local market and global socioeconomic development.
Let’s see some details:
- Noubar Afeyan is the co-founder and chairman of Moderna. As a teenager, he migrated to Canada with his parents from Lebanon. Later, he came to the US and earned a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
- Albert Bourla is the CEO and chairman of Pfizer, who currently resides in the US, but comes from Greece.
- Ugur Sahin and Ozlem Tureci founded BioNTech and are currently working hand-in-hand with Pfizer on the COVID-19 vaccine. They are children of Turkish parents, who went to Germany to find job opportunities.
Therefore, as we can see, the health crisis caused by the Coronavirus is currently in the hands of immigrant entrepreneurs, who dedicated their lives to creating new companies, boosting the economy, protecting the health of the local population and creating more jobs for the local population.
Adding to that, a study recently conducted by the US Migration Policy Institute (MPI) revealed that:
- 38% of home health aides are immigrants.
- 29% of physicians in the country are immigrants.
- 23% of pharmacists are immigrants.
It means that foreign healthcare workers are also the heroes of our time and are on the front line in the battle against Coronavirus, protecting the health of American citizens and, in many cases, fearing deportation and risking their lives to save as many people as possible during the current juncture.
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