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Scientists In Britain Express Concern Over UK Visa Denials For Asian, African Researchers

The 17 African and Asian delegates had wanted to attend a two-day Women Leaders in Global Health conference, exploring gender balance in global public health (Photo: PASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images).

By: Radhakrishna N S

Scientists in Britain expressed concern on Thursday (8) after at least 17 delegates from Africa and Asia wanting to attend a health conference in London were denied visas. Peter Piot, a Belgian-born microbiologist who was part of a team that discovered the Ebola virus in the 1970s and is now director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, was among those protesting against restrictive criteria for granting short-term business visas. In a letter to the interior minister, Sajid Javid, Piot said the restrictions “represent a significant threat” to the United Kingdom establishing itself as a global health and…

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