The scientific battle against COVID-19 is accelerating thanks to charitable donations, wrote President Alice Gast in the Financial Times.
Philanthropic prizes can open many approaches, sometimes radical, when we race to understand coronavirus, he argued in the newspaper.
“In a crisis, you need flexibility and lateral thinking. The benefactors offer this when every practicum time is important, “he said.
Like that The prize has helped Professor Robin Shattock when he developed the vaccine: “Professor Shattock spent days with valuable laboratory time applying, lobbying and persuading for funding to advance the vaccine. Fortunately, donors stepped in to bridge the funding gap before The British government contributed a further £ 22.5 million last month to take the vaccine through phase II trials. “
More than £ 4 million in philanthropic support help advance this work. “Even now, with this significant government investment, benefactors can make an important difference. If Prof. Shattock’s team can run parallel trials abroad, they will get results faster, receive faster approval from regulators and can expand manufacturing worldwide. “
Hundreds of supporters Imperial-COVID-19 Response Fund “Made it possible fast and rolling distribution of grants for high-potential research, including a low cost open source ventilator fund lab-free coronavirus test which produces about an hour. “
Professor Gast highlights the contribution of global philanthropy Jameel Community which was established J-IDEA, Abdul Latif Jameel’s Institute for Disease and Emergency Analysis, led by Professor Neil Ferguson, one of the most influential epidemiologists in the world.
Professor Gast writes: “A few months ago, the night before us launched that Jameel Institute for Emergency Analysis and Disease (J-IDEA) at Imperial’s School of Public Health, leaders of other academic groups supported by Community Jameel, this one in Massachusetts – the Jameel Poverty Action Lab, J-PAL, at MIT – announced as the winner of the Nobel Prize in economics. That is an accurate acknowledgment of the impact J-PAL has had on poverty reduction for millions of people around the world. It is also an award that deserves Mohammed Jameel, a philanthropist who supports academic projects that might not have developed in other ways. “
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