He Nobel Prize in Medicine 2011 Jules Hoffman, expert in the field of immunology, has considered that the role of politicians it would have to be “supporting research” and they should “step aside and not politicize” the issue of pandemic of the coronavirus, and has stated that in the different incidence of the virus in the countries “there is no scientific reason, the reason is the different organization of health systems.”
At a press conference to celebrate the thirty-second edition of the Rey Jaime I Awards, which was attended by the honorary president of the Rey Jaime I Awards Foundation, Santiago Grisolía, and the executive president of the awards, Javier Quesada, Hoffman has underlined through a video call that he is “optimistic” about the pandemia del SARS-CoV-2 and he has stated that he is confident that there will be a vaccine “next spring or before July.”
Hoffman stressed that he is “optimistic” about the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic
Jules Hoffmann, a Franco-Luxembourg biologist and professor at the University of Strasbourg, was awarded in 2011, along with Bruce Beutler and Ralph M. Steinman, the Nobel Prize in Physiology The Medicine for their work in the field of immunology, on which at the age of 17 he already made a scientific communication.
Measures until vaccination
The Nobel has considered that the appropriate attitude of the population to the pandemic, and until the arrival of a vaccine, is to “try to block transmission, avoiding celebrations and being very careful about where we are going” and has stressed that we are producing a “spectacular advance” in Medicine in the last eight months in terms of knowledge of the pandemic ”.
“Although there is no direct therapy, there are many attempts to create a vaccine that are progressing,” he said and added that in China there are 100,000 people in contact with the health world who have already been vaccinated and there are 250 attempts to create of vaccines, which will not be identical, but will cover different spectra and will have different effects, “but it is very hopeful.”
Regarding the race of different countries to get a vaccine, Hoffman has considered that this competition can lead to “safer and higher quality products. If a vaccine is produced and turns out to be deficient, the effect is the loss of prestige for the company that produces it ”and has considered that geopolitics“ is an indecipherable field at times ”.
He emphasizes that never had “so much progress and so quickly been made in research on a microorganism. Many human lives and the economy are at stake, but the progress in the branch of Medicine in recent years has no precedent and that is what makes me optimistic.
Attitude of the rulers
Asked about the behavior of some governments and rulers before the pandemic of the coronavirus, the Nobel Prize in Medicine has assured: “I am very sorry for certain attitudes of politicians from strong and important countries. I think politicians should step aside and not politicize this issue, their role should simply be to support the research and all the attempts that are being made to solve this problem.
He has also indicated that a situation of “balance” should be reached between the individual freedom of the people and the decisions taken by the different governments, but he has said that in France, where he resides, a curfew has been imposed for four weeks but it is not “concerned about this restriction of individual freedoms because it is transitory.”
He has appealed to the solid collaboration between the different countries to be able to defeat the pandemic and has considered that the attitudes of some leaders against the World Health Organization (WHO) “are not positive. That’s not good”.