Monday, November 01, 2021

Let us now celebrate immigration

I earlier had occasion to note two immigrants' contribution to defeating the Covid Plague. They were a husband-and-wife team of scientists, the children of two "guest workers" from India, now working at the German firm BionTech, which teamed up with the American drug giant Pfizer to produce the world's most successful vaccine against Covid. But it seems that the immigration story doesn't end there, because BionTech itself was founded by Dr. Ugur Sahin and his wife, Dr. Ozlem Tureci, both with Turkish origins. (He was born there; she was the daughter of Turkish immigrants.)

And that's not all! The head of Pfizer's competitor in the Covid race is also an immigrant. Born in France, Stephane Bancel came to the US to get an engineering degree from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from Harvard Business School. In 2011 he became CEO of Moderna, and turned the company toward developing vaccines. Though not as widely used as Pfizer's similar jab, Moderna's is arguably more effective in developing antibodies against Covid.


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