Our lives have been completely turned upside down just because of a little virus of approximately 100 nano meters. This little organism that has no metabolism of his own needs the reproductive organism of his host to reproduce. SARS-CoV-2 is believed to have a zoonotic origin and to result from a cross-species transmission.
History has shown that the search for strategies against the attack of viruses is a major undertaking and all research minds have to be brought together. With vaccines and anti-viral treatments, diseases like poliomyelitis, rabies, smallpox, flu or HIV have been fought successfully. They all have one thing in common - the treatments have all originated in research and biotechnology solutions. The question is not if vaccines and treatments will be discovered against COVID-19 , it is when.
This pandemic can only be beaten if we are united and work collaborative. Actors from research and academia, the biotech industry, politics and citizens are working together to beat COVID-19 and to recover from its consequences.
In our series #TogetherAgainstCOVID19 we will highlight many of those voices and show how we are coming together at this unprecedented time.
#TogetherAgainstCOVID19 - Interview with Nada Sirotić (Permanent Representation of the Republic of Croatia to the EU)
For our series #TogetherAgainstCOVID19 we interviewed Nada Sirotić, Counsellor for Research and Space, Permanent Representation of the Republic of Croatia to the EU, who told us about the #ERAvsCorona action plan, the EU's ambitions for Research & Innovation and the lessons learned from a challenging EU Council Presidency term.
European Industry trade and supply chain needs to respond to Covid-19
Industry is pushing capacity limits to meet the exponential rise in demand and needs continued coordinated and collective action from the EU and Member States to maintain open trade and efficient supply chains, both within the EU and with the EU’s trading partners