Iraqi doctor who migrated for a ‘brighter future’ is now developing a coronavirus vaccine

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Iraqi migrant Dr Harry Al-Wassiti is part of a team of scientists at Monash University who are testing three vaccine candidates for coronavirus.

Doctor Harry Al-Wassiti migrated to Australia in search of a “new opportunity and a brighter future”.

More than 14 years after leaving war-torn Iraq, he’s now at the forefront of Australian efforts to develop a coronavirus vaccine.

He’s part of the three-person research team at Monash University that is developing a vaccine using an emerging technology called messenger RNA or mRNA.

The post-doctoral fellow told SBS Arabic24 that he was “thrilled” after the team – which includes Dr Estelle Suys and led by Professor Colin Pouton – developed three vaccine candidates in four weeks.

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It’s hoped their breakthrough could lead to unlocking the immune system’s ability to fight off the virus.

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