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David Gravier, a manager at BOMESC Offshore Engineering Co, a privately run Chinese company in the northern port city of Tianjin, has been featured on local TV as a result of his efforts to twice help facilitate a large number of nucleic acid tests.
"We can say it's kind of voluntary work, but I think it's 'part of my job' to do it," the French national said.
He also applauded the efforts of some foreign colleagues. "I should say that wasn't just me. Four other French managers and one Canadian manager also joined the efforts during the tests last year. It was a commitment to everyone in our company, including workers and managers, as well as to our community," he said.
Gravier arrived in China in January last year, "just one week before the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic", he recalled.
The first test was launched in February last year, when the company needed to resume business in a bid to get back on schedule for a project that began in October 2019.
Following government requests, a massive nucleic acid testing effort was launched for all BOMESC's staff at its different sites, including Tianjin's coastal Binhai New Area.
The second test was launched in November, when the area saw another outbreak and new tests were required everywhere within the area.
"We have some 300 international staff, and they have about 20 children with them. We hope to build a 'family environment' for all the staff members, so I asked the volunteers, including David, to help," said Chen Yankui, a manager for BOMESC's international staff.
Gravier said: "We five members just helped to provide guidance in terms of times and locations for the tests, and in particular, help to keep the kids (in line) in the big and cold courtyard during winter. The local government has done a great job in epidemic prevention."