This Monday, the Minister of Science, Technology and Telecommunications (MICITT), Luis Adrián Salazar Solís, participated in the virtual ministerial dialogue with 79 ministers and 200 representatives of international organizations, scientists and delegations convened by the Director-General of UNESCO.
The purpose of the meeting was to provide a platform for dialogue to share experiences and lessons learned between different countries about the COVID-19 pandemic and how evidence-based science contributes to decision-making.
This ministerial meeting and the “Call for an Associated Global Compact for Open Science and International Scientific Collaboration” aims to reaffirm the critical role of science in containing the pandemic and preparing for the future.
Costa Rica stressed the need for a contributor to global actions as a whole to combat this pandemic, with special emphasis on the initiative presented by the President of the Republic, Carlos Alvarado, to the World Health Organization (WHO) that requires an immediate effort to improve access to technologies that allow pandemic detection, prevention, control, and treatment.
“Costa Rica expressed its commitment and solidarity with the world. We are clear that to find solutions we must work together. This pandemic forces us to look for innovative solutions to do things differently and in an exceptional way ”, stated Luis Adrián Salazar Solís, Minister of MICITT.
He added that “our country makes the difference for its human talent, we are specialists in developing medical devices that are currently essential in all parts of the world.”
The creation of a database focused on research and development related to COVID-19 activities, including the estimated costs of clinical trials and grants provided by governments and charities, was also suggested. This should be a repository of free access, or at least, with a reasonable and affordable license of all the existing knowledge that serves to face this emergency.
The COVID-19 pandemic presents us, as an international community, with an unprecedented economic and health challenge, which requires that we seek innovative solutions and do different and exceptional things together.