2021,疫情终将结束——世界顶尖科学家协会主席团新年贺词
2021-01-01
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   回望2019-2020年之交,人们很难想象2020年底的世界会是什么样子。过去这一年,我们共同经历了波及全球的新冠肺炎疫情、经济体系的严重错乱、以及随之而来的不确定性和绝望。直到我们跨入2021年时,这些糟糕的事情仍未完结,依然是全人类的共同关切。

    尽管如此,我们依然怀抱希望,努力克服眼前的困难、拥抱未来的幸福。有效的疫苗业已推出,疫情终将结束。预计年初仍会有一段困难时刻;但到年底,世界上大部分人口将获得对新冠病毒的免疫力,重新享受生活。我们可以肯定,2021年会更好。

    战胜病毒需要付出大量的心血和代价,最终要依靠科学,尤其是国际科学合作。疫苗在不到一年的时间内研制成功并上市,仅为通常所需时间的十分之一。而且,新的方法可以应对未来不可避免会出现的新型微生物,更快速地生产针对性的疫苗。

    除了疫苗开发方面的进展,未来还将根据需要,提供新的诊断和治疗方法,并将类似的方法更快地应用于可能出现的新型病原体。

    世界顶尖科学家协会奉行“科技,为了人类共同命运”,长期致力于推动基础科学、倡导国际合作、扶持青年成长,以此为国际科学事业做出贡献。我们将继续鼓励各国顶尖科学家、青年科学家开展交流活动,进一步推动科学及其应用。

    之前,全世界对新冠肺炎大流行准备不足,致使很多人遭受痛苦;但现在,我们可以乐观地、充满活力地应对其他重大挑战,包括气候变化、环境污染等。我们深信,我们能达到世界和平、全球繁荣的目标。

    祝大家新年快乐!

 

 

                                    世界顶尖科学家协会主席

                                    2006年诺贝尔化学奖获得者

罗杰·科恩伯格

                                    偕执行委员会委员

迈克尔·莱维特

朱棣文

文卡·拉玛克里希南

兰迪·谢克曼

 

 

World Science 

 

Roger Kornberg

Chairman of World Laureates Association

2006 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry

for the Executive Committee

(Michael Levitt, Steven Chu, Venki Ramakrishnan, Randy Schekman)

    No one imagined at the end of 2019 what would be the state of the world at the end of 2020.  Pandemic viral disease, profound economic dislocation, and attendant uncertainty and despair, remain causes for grave concern at the beginning of 2021. There are nonetheless reasons for hope, both immediate and in the future.  With effective vaccines now available, we can be sure of a better 2021 and the eventual end of the pandemic.  Hard times will continue at the beginning of the year, but by the end, much of the world's population will have gained immunity to the virus and enjoy life again. 

    Victory over the virus has come at great cost in blood and treasure.  At the same time, it represents the hope for the future.  Victory was a triumph of science.  It was achieved by international cooperation on the development of new methods of disease control.  Not only were vaccines made and brought to the public in less than a year, ten-fold less time than required in the past, but the new methods will allow even more rapid production of vaccines against novel microbes that will inevitably arise in the future.  Beyond advances in vaccine development, new methods of diagnosis and therapy, with similar more rapid application to novel microbes, will be available as needed in the future.

    The World Laureates Association has sought to contribute by promoting basic science, supporting the development of young scientists, and advocating for international cooperation.  Pursuing the theme of "Science and Technology for the Common Destiny of Mankind," the World Laureates Association has encouraged the activities and interaction of leading scientists and their junior colleagues.  This outreach and support will continue and be expanded to further the advance of science and its applications in the future.

    If the world was poorly prepared for the pandemic, and many have suffered, we may now look forward with optimism and renewed energy for addressing other great challenges, among them climate control and destruction of the environment, peace among nations, and prosperity for all.

    Happy new year!