Costa Rica, once again, is present in TIME magazine, this time thanks to the country’s leadership in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, decarbonization and human rights, with an interview with President Carlos Alvarado Quesada, for his series of interviews “Time 100 Talks ”.
TIME 100 Talks virtually brings together the world’s leading voices to highlight solutions and encourage action towards a better world, with a special focus, right now, on the COVID-19 pandemic.
The series of talks has brought together personalities like Nancy Pelosi, president of the House of Representatives of the United States Congress; the immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci; musician John Legend and Angelina Jolie as representative of the United Nations Refugee Agency.
In his participation, the president highlighted our health system and the early response of our authorities, as well as the investigations that have been carried out in the country between the public and private sectors that have worked hand in hand to make innovative developments.
Alvarado highlighted that our country, together with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the support of 37 countries and 2 Nobel Laureates, managed to launch the “COVID-19 Rights Repository”, a platform that allows sharing data, knowledge , intellectual property and facilitate equitable access to health products that will save lives against COVID-19.
In the same way, he spoke about the treatment with convalescent plasma, of patients who have already recovered from SARS-CoV-2 and about the development of purified antibodies from horses as a treatment for COVID-19 positive patients. She stressed that this was achieved thanks to cooperation with other countries and national and international institutions.
“There is no scenario in which one or two countries that, by passing COVID-19, are doing well and the rest are not. Either we achieve that all countries recover as a global community or the damage will be for everyone, “said the president.
President Alvarado also discussed how the climate crisis continues despite the pandemic we are facing and stressed that this is the time to change the paradigm. He emphasized that economic recovery plans must include the fight against climate change and social inclusion. Likewise, the interview addressed equal marriage, recently approved in our country, in the context of advances in human rights.
This participation is in addition to the “TIME 100 Next” recognition granted in New York in November 2019 in which that prestigious magazine named President Alvarado as one of the 100 most influential world leaders; result of the country’s leadership against climate change. The nomination came after Costa Rica’s successful participation in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January 2019, and the inclusion of President Alvarado in the Young Global Leaders community. During that high-level meeting, the president was interviewed by TIME for the first time.
You can see the session of “TIME 100 Talks” in the following link: