International Dialogue Is Necessary To Cure The Virus and Initiate a New Paradigm.
One point stands out — reports and alerts regarding newly observed symptoms and crises from COVID-19 are coming in from those in front-line confrontation with the virus from all over the world. This indicates not only that we are dealing with a pandemic in terms of infection, but also that we are seeing a deepening system of dialogue among scientists who are communicating rapidly in real time worldwide.
Such collaboration will go on among scientists, despite the politicians, because we are in a race against time, and the outcome of such collaboration can change our conception of biological processes for generations to come.
The Financial Times published an article on April 27th, 2020, emphasizing scientific cooperation, despite current political attacks. They report:
“Ian Lipkin, director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, said he was working with a team of Chinese researchers to determine whether coronavirus emerged in other parts of China before it was first discovered in Wuhan in December. The effort relies on help from the Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ‘The China CDC is interested in learning as much as it can about the origins [of] these types of viruses,’ Prof Lipkin, a virologist who worked on the 2003 Sars and 2012 Mers coronavirus outbreaks and advised on the 2011 pandemic film Contagion, told the Financial Times. ‘We share whatever we learn with the entire scientific community.'” The article continued: “Prof Lipkin, who has developed longstanding relationships with Chinese officials since he helped develop rapid testing for Sars in 2003, visited China earlier this year to discuss responses to Covid-19. He met premier Li Keqiang, and also received an award, his second from China. Lu Jiahai, a professor at the Public Health School of Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou and Prof Lipkin’s research partner in China, told the FT that China CDC had helped him liaise with hospitals and local CDCs across the country. This was to access nationwide blood bank samples taken from pneumonia patients so the group could study whether coronavirus had been present in the population before it was detected in Wuhan.”
The article also notes “A separate international group of scientists, including from the US and China, is also working with WHO to pool research in support of developing a vaccine.”
Such a collaborative system, if given the proper support, and if provided with the needed medical facilities — including the necessary physical infrastructure, clean water, electricity and education — could look like a new paradigm. The evolving character of the COVID-19 virus shows that the best minds in the world working together may be our best defense Breakthroughs must be made to free mankind from the ravages of such illnesses.
One case in point is an article that appeared May 12 in Todaynewsafrica.com on the prospect of AIDS patients in Africa being cut out of the supply chain because of the diversion of supplies to COVID-19. The WHO reported this danger, and reported on a “modeling report” estimating a possible one-half-million more deaths from AIDS in Africa if we cannot handle all these problems at once. So besides focussing on supplying everything needed for all health issues world wide, the question also arises: Why haven’t we cured AIDS yet?
We need to know more about the invisible world, and approaching this challenge of COVID-19 from different perspectives, including different cultural approaches, can enrich our knowledge in a critical and exciting way. We then can affirm a goal of reaching an average healthy longevity of 150 years or more, worldwide.