Morant: “The Spanish have shown an enormous amount of confidence in science and health”

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The light at the end of the pandemic tunnel comes from the hand of a collective effort: that of researchers, the administrations that support them, the public and private sector, the truthful information communicated through the media and networks, and the confidence of the public in the health system. This has been stated Diana Morant, Minister of Science and Innovation, in his closing speech on Innovation in the health field at the II Health Observatory organized by EL ESPAÑOL and Invertia.

“Stop at observing, analyzing and sharing reflections from different disciplines, perspectives and sensitivities is the only possible starting point to learn the truth“, Morant began his speech. The Minister of Science and Innovation has celebrated the organization of the symposium as an engine to” generate knowledge “and has recognized the contribution of the media” committed to serving society “to spread culture This is how they collaborate, he says, with the challenge of “co-designing a healthier, more prosperous and kind future for people and the planet.”

Wondering about the lessons that Covid leaves us, Morant sums it up in a maxim: “Rebuild a system that guarantees us the things that are worth living for: a lunch with friends, a hug from grandchildren, breathing clean air at the top of our lungs … the ability of everyone to fulfill our dreams without jeopardizing our life and that of the planet. “This ideal, he explains, is embodied in the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan agreed with Europe, based on” social and territorial cohesion “.

13. Diana Morant, Minister of Science and Innovation

Spain, he celebrates, has served as an example to the world in vaccinating against Covid. “People have revalidated their confidence in science as an essential engine to save our lives. Spanish society has shown an enormous amount of trust in science and health“In this sense, the minister wanted to highlight the efforts of scientists and scientists to communicate through the media and social networks the truthful and contrasted information that has allowed to break down the reluctance.

In terms of management, Morant highlights “lessons transformed into actions that improve people’s lives,” such as the “emergency lesson” learned during the pandemic that has allowed scientists and innovators to be supported “immediately” and reducing obstacles. The minister then highlights the more than 100 million euros allocated to projects that have allowed progress in basic and applied research, showing, for example, that certain drugs used at the beginning of the pandemic did not work.

Morant has also recalled the involvement of the Ministry in relevant studies to make decisions based on science, such as the seroprevalence at the national level. Another fact to highlight is the reconversion of the pharmaceutical industry for the production of human vaccines, something that Spain lacked. There are 4 companies with such capacity now and a fifth, Hipra, which is already testing the first Spanish vaccine against the coronavirus with institutional support.

The three key bets have been a more agile administration, greater investment and a reinforcement of public and private collaboration. Morant celebrates the “unique opportunity” offered by the largest budget for Science in History, 3.456 million from the European Recovery Funds that will be used to promote R & D & I in Spain. The project also involves improving the conditions of researchers through the Science Law: “We want them to stay, we want them to come back, we want them to come from other countries, we want women who still suffer from the gender gap and the glass ceiling to join.“.

The essential political lesson, Morant concludes, is to put science and innovation “at the service of the people” and make it the “engine of transformation” of this country. The talent of our scientists “is the most valuable intangible to improve the world.” In addition, it announces the highest investment in the last 15 years in communication and scientific dissemination, to bring scientific culture to “every town, every home and every city” in Spain. “We need a basic scientific culture that helps us distinguish truth from hoax, science from pseudoscience, therapies from pseudo-therapies“, he concludes.

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