A total of 82 national scientific societies, representing more than 200,000 health professionals, have signed a joint manifesto in which they ask the Government and autonomous communities to do not stop the vaccination and agree to control the pandemic.
“Our first and main message to the political authorities is the following: get vaccinated. And to the citizens this other: get vaccinated“, claim the scientists, who demand that vaccination is not suspended” without attending to purely scientific criteria or impulsively. ”
In addition, the associations request that fear is not cultivated and they insist on the need for administrations to coordinate their policies and also their messages to generate trust and transmit a message of collaboration and cooperation among all as the best way to win against the pandemic.
“Society asks for transparency. And the transparency It involves telling society about the new evidence that is being obtained. This new evidence adds nuances to the messages. Those nuances are the very essence of scientific knowledge. But it is up to the experts, and not politicians, translate these nuances into recommendations “, say the health professionals represented by these scientific societies.
In this sense, they highlight how much has been learned and advanced in a year, and they are committed to research to continue unraveling the pending unknowns about the virus itself and also about vaccines, such as immunity against variants, its ability to stop the transmission of infection, cross-immunity in certain populations, the continuity of symptoms or the so-called Covid-persistent.
“We have learned many things from this pandemic, but perhaps the fundamental one is the strategic importance of research. Only from science and innovation could we expect solutions to this situation and only from science and innovation have we proceeded. But not from research we bet from rhetoric, but with resources Betting on research is dedicating resources to research. We ask public administrations for a radical change in trend in public investment for R + D + i. And we ask citizens to demand it, “they highlight in the manifesto.
In the same way, scientific societies also emphasize the need to public health policies and they emphasize that the best resolved health crises are those that are prevented, because there is no system that can withstand levels of healthcare pressure such as those experienced.
In addition, they demand more resources for Primary and Hospital Care. “The pandemic, in its different waves, has also shown the key role played by all healthcare professionals in the healthcare system and the need to strengthen them by providing adequate resources, especially human resources. It is necessary to correct the chronic labor deficiencies of the National Health System. As in the case of science, we can say that investment is committed to Health. And particularly with investment in human resources “, they subscribe.
In terms of health management, the manifesto recalls that the pandemic has led to the creation of new healthcare modalities, especially telematics, which “without a doubt” mark a path that will continue to advance in the future, and is committed to facing a debate on social and health care for the elderly.
Finally, scientific societies advocate improving the communication of health decisions. “The pandemic has been an infodemic and it has shown us with extraordinary crudeness to what extent the information offered to the population is sensitive and relevant. In this we also have a lot to learn, scientists and health workers, the first: with understandable, clear, timely, convenient and rigorous information. But it will be of little use if we do so if public messages are used as a political battering ram and not as a tool for prevention, information and social awareness “, they settle.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.