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Gulf Today Report
There are many ways of saying 'thank you.' But perhaps nothing could be more heartening than what a Syrian doctor in England has done. His deportation was halted by the UK’s first Covid lockdown, so he volunteered to help vaccinate people against the deadly virus after he was granted leave to stay in the UK.
It's a payback which many will appreciate.
Dr Bashar Al Hana has been living in Darlington for almost two years after arriving in England seeking asylum from his war-torn homeland, according to the Independent.
He had been due to be deported back to Poland – his point of entry into Europe – last spring but the flight was cancelled amid the global shutdown brought about by the pandemic.
Now, after winning his battle to stay in the UK for five years, the 36-year-old has volunteered to help in the NHS' mass vaccination programme.
If the offer is accepted, he will administer jabs as he awaits his General Medical Council exams, which would allow him to work as a doctor in UK.
“It will be a nice opportunity to get into the hospital environment,” he told the Northern Echo. “But it is a very, very important job and I am lucky.”
He also paid tribute to those who had helped him in the year since the planned deportation.
They included the Darlington Assistance for Refugees charity and the northeast town’s Conservative MP Peter Gibson, who took up his case.
“My new family here have helped so much, and now I have received the hope that I can stop running, stop moving around from country to country and place to place,” said Dr Al Hana. “That's the key to starting to have a normal life again."
Miss England 2019 Bhasha Mukherjee returns to work as an NHS doctor during the coronavirus pandemic.
No vaccine has yet been approved to treat or prevent COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus that has killed more than 659,000 people and unleashed economic havoc worldwide.
Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine, used to protect against tuberculosis, induces a broad innate immune-system response and has been shown to protect against infection or severe illness with other respiratory pathogens.
The department of health said in a statement, “The government has today accepted the recommendation from the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to approve Pfizer-BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine for use."
The deal arrives just in time for a summit of world leaders hosted by the U.S. government on Thursday and Friday, where the EU and other global powers will promote their pledges to protect the planet.
Biden has invited 40 world leaders including Xi and Russia's Vladimir Putin to the meet starting on Earth Day, meant to mark Washington's return to the front lines of the fight against climate change after former president Donald Trump disengaged from the process.
As aviation industry players have become more optimistic on the resumption of international flights worldwide, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with a leading European diagnostic service provider, for more ease to passengers required to secure negative Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) test results.
Sheikh Abdullah affirmed the depth and strength of relations between the UAE and Pakistan, which, he said, are longstanding and based on mutual trust and respect. He stressed the two nations’ determination to grow cooperation across all fields for the common good of both nations’ peoples.