Science – Hope for humanity in the mist of chaos
Nearly a year after the first infection case was identified in China, COVID-19 has spread into a global pandemic causing nearly 62 million people infected, with over 1.3 million fatalities. The pandemic has badly damage the economics of all countries across the continents.
The Economist called the pandemic as one of the four biggest economic shocks of the 21st century, causing a standstill in the development of humanity. Positive results on the testing and development of nCov vaccine, which have been published for the last few weeks, has shed the light of hope for our world during this challenging time of history. The reason behind those miracles and success stories is the strong and dedicated effort of global scientists, researchers and experts, all aiming towards an imperative goal: Saving humanity from the pandemic.
While all countries closed their borders, scientists broke their own ‘borders’, creating an exceptional and enhanced global corporation that have ever happened in the history. Researchers stated, never before have there been a circumstance gathering so many experts in so many countries focusing simultaneously on a single topic and with such urgency. Nearly all others researches has grounded to a halt.
Online repositories make statistics and research studies available months ahead of journals. Researchers have identified and shared hundreds of viral genome sequences. Over 200 clinical trials have been carried out, gathering hospitals and laboratories around the world.
Doctor Francesco Perrone, who is leading a clinical trial on nCov, shared his thoughts on the New York Times:
“I never hear scientists - true scientists, good quality scientists — speak in terms of nationality. My nation, your nation. My language, your language. My geographic location, your geographic location. This is something that is really distant from true top-level scientists.”
The New York Times also discovered, on a recent morning, scientists at the University of Pittsburgh discovered a ferret after exposure to Covid-19 developed a high fever – a potential progress toward animal vaccine testing. Under ordinary circumstances, they would begin their work on an academic journal article. However, Professor Paul Duprex, a virologist leading the university’s vaccine research, has shared his research findings around the world only after two hours, instead of spending months for an article.
According to the Times, one small measure of openness can be found of medRxiv and bioRxiv, two online archives sharing academic research before its publishing in journals. These archives are full of research and studies on coronavirus across the globe. Researchers from China has contributed a significant portion of nCov research in this ‘knowledge treasure’.
A Chinese laboratory has made public an initial viral genome in January, setting the foundation for coronavirus tests worldwide. Thanks to these initial viral genome, world leading research institution has based and added on further evidences, facts; thereby testing successfully nCov vaccine with the preventive effect of up to 90%- 95%, in the shortest duration of time, surpassing the record of history
From Asia to Europe, Africa to the Americas, despite the differences in politics, culture, ethnicity, language… scientists are in joint hands to share, cooperate, exchange and identity all solutions for vaccine and the remedy against the viruses. Prominent research can led to sponsorship, promotion and reputation; however, scientists have left all their own benefits behind to head towards a greater goal: finding the light at the end of the tunnel, saving humanity.
During March 2020, if no one dared to assure anything, then now the positive testing results for nCov vaccine and antiviral antibodies has brought us hope to end the pandemic in the near future. Countries around the world will start to vaccinate millions of people in 2021, aiming to reach public immunity and bring the countries back to its normality. Borders will reopen; laboratories, research institutions around the world will continue their path in finding resolutions and creating innovations towards the development of humanity.
This is the unchanging mission of science, in any historical moment.
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