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British parliamentarian formalizes nomination of Cuban doctors for Nobel Peace Prize

London, Oct 16 - British parliamentarian Grahame Morris today formalized the nomination of the Henry Reeve contingent of Cuban doctors for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, for his internationalist work against the Covid-19 pandemic.

The response of the international medical brigade Henry Reeve to Covid-19 is unparalleled, and its inspiring internationalism deserves global recognition with the Nobel Peace Prize, said the Labor Party lawmaker in a letter to the Norwegian committee in charge of awarding the annual distinction, the Campaign of Solidarity with Cuba in the United Kingdom informed Prensa Latina.

Morris highlighted that more than 3,700 Cuban health professionals have been on the front lines of the battle against the pandemic in 39 countries, where they have treated 360,000 people and saved thousands of patients infected with the disease caused by Coronavirus.

He also highlighted that since its creation 15 years ago, the Henry Reeve contingent has saved nearly 100,000 lives in nations affected by natural disasters and health emergencies.

The opposition politician, who represents the Easington, northeast England constituency in the House of Commons, is also chairman of the British parliament's multi-party group on Cuba.

The process of considering candidates and awarding the Nobel Peace Prize takes place in Norway, unlike the other Nobel prizes, which are awarded in neighboring Sweden.

Nominations, which can only be made by legislators, academics, international court magistrates, laureates, and active or retired committee members, must be made by February 1 of each year, with the winner's name announced in October.

Cuban internationalist doctors have been officially nominated before the Norwegian committee by dozens of personalities and institutions from different countries.

In 2020, the distinction was received by the United Nations World Food Program for its efforts to combat hunger. (Text and photo: PL)