UNESCO holds virtual ministerial dialogue on COVID-19
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) - On 30 March, a virtual ministerial dialogue on COVID-19 and Open Science took place. The purpose of the meeting is to provide a platform for dialogue and exchange of experience between world academia.
The dialogue was attended by over 200 representatives from among ministers, deputy ministers, heads of departments from more than 120 countries. An open dialogue took place at UNESCO headquarters. Each speaker was given 2 minutes. Among the speakers, it is worth noting the representatives of WHO, Erasmus, etc. They spoke about the open access of scientific data on COVID-19. It was noted that this is not a national, but a global problem and requires a global approach.
As Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, Assistant Director-General of UNESCO for Natural Sciences, noted, the current COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us of the crucial role that science plays in global responses to existing threats and challenges. Governments cite science to take action to protect their peoples, curb the spread of the virus and fight the pandemic.
In the context of pressing planetary and socio-economic problems, sustainable and innovative solutions require an effective, transparent and energetic scientific community, based not only on scientists, but on the whole society as a whole. Ministers of science are key decision makers in the global crisis. UNESCO provides ministers and renowned scholars with an online platform for sharing experiences and international scientific cooperation in overcoming the global crisis.
From Uzbekistan, the Deputy Minister of Innovation Development Olimjon Tuychiev spoke in the Open Science dialogue. He spoke about the grants announced by the Ministry in the framework of state programs for scientific research in order to effectively combat the COVID-19 coronavirus in the republic and to prevent the spread of the disease into the republic, as well as to conduct operational laboratory tests to select existing local medicines for acute respiratory infections viral infections for use in the treatment of coronavirus COVID-19. He also spoke about the organization of production of the domestic test system for the coronavirus COVID-19 by the Center for Advanced Technologies under the Ministry of Innovative Development.
Currently, tests have been conducted on laboratory samples. Together with the Agency for Sanitary and Epidemiological Surveillance under the Ministry of Health, tests were performed on positive clinical samples of patients infected with coronavirus. The tests showed that the developed test system with high accuracy detects the presence of COVID-19 coronavirus in the biomaterial.
At the same time, O. Tuychiev proposed to organize an international fund for co-financing scientific work on combating infectious diseases, developing solutions and solving problems of the world community.
A dialogue of this format and scale is being held for the first time. In the near future we will report on the results of the online discussion.