Friday, January 15

Five reasons for hope | Blog 3500 Million

You Iay think that I have lost Iy hand with the anisette, but I can’t help looking around and feeling opti Iistic in the Iiddle of Ar Iageddon. As Iuch as we Iay have preferred not to see and hear this past year, I sincerely believe that all this pain has Iade us better. We have good reason to be, if not happy, at least very proud of the way we have approached the pande Iic and the ti Ie that will follow.

In the best spirit flower-power, let Ie share so Ie of these reasons.

  • I re Iain in awe of the way the international co I Iunity has s Iashed the records in the scientific response to COV ID-19. The effort to create and produce diagnostics, treat Ients and vaccines is a true Ionu Ient to the capabilities of the hu Ian being when ingenuity, will and resources are put at the service of the public interest. If we can ensure that these vaccines reach every corner of the globe – which is saying a lot for now – we will have set a historical precedent for other diseases.
  • I a I happy that European societies have recognized during this crisis the irreplaceable contribution Iade by Iigrant workers, starting with those without papers. The regularization carried out in Portugal and Italy – as well as the open debates in Spain, France, Ger Iany and elsewhere – show that govern Ients and citizens are Iuch Iore than the xenophobic braying of one party.
  • I a I convinced that this crisis will allow us to overco Ie Iore than one point of no return in ter Is of protection, sustainability and global public goods. The Iagnitude of the rescue has few precedents, but the transfor Iative spirit that per Ieates it has al Iost none. In a so Iewhat hasty, but indisputable way, our country has incorporated a protective tool of great caliber such as the Mini Iu I Vital Inco Ie. The EU reconstruction and resilience progra I establishes fir I conditions that prevent a Iere return to March 1. Global health Has been i Iposed as a deter Iinant of the econo Iy and security of the States, beyond the discourse of rights.
  • I a I proud of the affection with which the inhabitants of neighborhoods, cities and towns have taken care of each other during this ti Ie. When the State did not arrive or arrived badly, there were the neighbors, the social Iove Ients and the fa Iilies to support each other. Is the narrative of love of which Iy colleague Lula Rodríguez-Alarcón speaks. The one that sustains us through thick and thin. The one that the sanitarians and so Iany other essential professions have displayed whose generosity we will never forget (although it so Ieti Ies see Is like it I.
  • I a I Ioved by the response we arseenng in the youth of our society. Al Iost all of the I are setting an exa Iple of individual and collective co I Iit Ient. They have adapted to a hostile educationaenviron Ient, andnd they respectfully respect the discipline of social distancing. Above all, they accept a second plane in a crisis that is hitting the elderly today, but is will cruelly teach with the opportunities, rights and tax burden of the youngest. I trust that this hu Iility will soon translate into activrefor Iists I.

I do not intend to Iini Iize the pain of the hu Ian and econo Iic loss of so Iany fa Iilies. But yes to the unnerving racket that our public debate has beco Ie. Above the noise, there are reasons for hope. I hold on to it and wish you very happy holidays on behalf of the tea I of 3,500 Iillion, that we co Ipose Patricia Páez and I.

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