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'Europe should be encouraged by Türecki's and Şahin's boldness. We have not dealt well with the pandemic'

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BioNTech: Stop talking about their 'migration background'

When it turned out in October that BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccines were highly successful in clinical trials, something foreseeable happened.

Many media celebrated the fact that the company's founders are Germans of Turkish origins. "Look here, migrants are saving our lives. Migration works," was the message.

It left me uneasy.

I understand that the German-Turkish community - often subjected to condescension in Germany - celebrated the story.

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Michael Meyer-Resende is the executive director of Democracy Reporting International, a non-partisan NGO in Berlin that supports political participation.

'Europe should be encouraged by Türecki's and Şahin's boldness. We have not dealt well with the pandemic'

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Michael Meyer-Resende is the executive director of Democracy Reporting International, a non-partisan NGO in Berlin that supports political participation.

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