The SARS-CoV-2 virus has been on the top of the news since the beginning of the outbreak in December 2019 in Wuhan. Many lost the battle with this virus (more than 3 950 876 people died up to June 2021, according to WHO), and there has been a worldwide effort to try to control this pandemic and resume ’normal’ life.
Scientists and researchers worldwide show a united front with their Chinese counterparts.
When it comes to a pandemic, not only the governments and public health officials all working around the clock to find solutions. Scientists, researchers, epidemiologists, virologists, biologists, ecologists and veterinarians are also deeply involved in the process. Many of them decided back in February 2020 to take a stand and back up their colleagues in China. According to a statement from The Lancet, the group of professionals declared that even at present times, they still stand united with their Chinese colleagues. They disagree with the allegations that the virus has escaped from a laboratory. They also stated that the Chinese scientists have been working around the clock ever since the pandemic started
The COVID-19 pandemic pointed out we all need to do better
The professionals defending their colleagues also expressed the fact that all research seems to the point that the virus originated in nature. In addition, it was essential for them to mention that science, evidence, and statistics are facts, while opinions are just harmful and unnecessary. The most important question for them is still: How did the Sars-CoV-2 virus reach humans? Answering this question could help everyone prevent another pandemic, and for this, quantitative data collection is imperative. These are the reasons why allegations do not help because they are not backed up by science.
The world was not prepared for a pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic showed that the world was not at all prepared for the pandemic, and we have to do better. Vaccines and treatments are not as accessible in all parts of the world, and the global community needs to stand more united.