A further four British Members of Parliament have made official nominations for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize to be awarded to Cuba’s Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade.
John McDonnell MP, Ian Mearns MP, Zarah Sultana MP and Angus MacNeil MP, all received confirmation of their official nominations to the Nobel Prize Committee in January. This brings the total number of British parliamentarians to have nominated the Cuban medics to 26, plus a further eleven academics.
In support of his nomination, John McDonnell MP Labour Party MP for Hayes and Harlington said:
“The Henry Reeve Brigade has made a wonderful contribution to global health. I believe the international recognition and awareness that an award would bring to their work could be the catalyst needed to widen this collaboration and provide a template for future global cooperation in healthcare. I strongly believe that such cooperation across frontiers is absolutely necessary at this time and is the only way that our world can emerge from this current crisis.”
Ian Mearns, Labour Party MP for Gateshead in the north East of England said:
“I applaud the phenomenal work of the clinicians of the Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade. They carry the torch of international solidarity and support, taking care and cure to the people of so many countries during the stress of an international public health crisis. They are a testament to the people of Cuba and their selflessness and sacrifice really must be rewarded.”
Zara Sultana, Labour Party MP for Coventry South in central England said:
“The Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade has a long history of responding to emergencies, from sending teams to West Africa treat Ebola patients in 2014, to floods and earthquakes in Chile and Ecuador, these doctors are a wonderful example of humanity, international cooperation and what can be achieved when nations work together in peace regardless of borders or politics.”
Angus MacNeil Scottish National Party MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar in Scotland said:
“I have nominated the Cuban health professionals of the Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade for the Nobel Peace Prize given their incredible contribution to global health, particularly at this time of a global health crisis, their work is a prime example of international humanitarianism.
“The Brigade has been involved in a number of remarkable scenarios since their creation in 2005, aiding during natural disasters and epidemics. They have travelled to 46 countries and played a major role in recovery following floods, earthquakes and hurricanes, as well as critical missions against Ebola in West Africa (2015); against cholera in Haiti (2010), where they treated more than 400,000 people; and in the earthquake recovery effort in Pakistan (2005), where they treated almost two million patients.
“Their most recent contribution during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has been particularly valuable. I send the Brigade my best wishes for this nomination from the Outer Hebrides in Scotland, their work makes them very worthy recipients of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.”