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.