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Očkování proti covidu

The Year of Coronavirus: Trump Science, Research, and Production

Therefore, without exaggeration, we can call the past fourteen months the era of scientists, epidemiologists and doctors. Become strategists, generals and soldiers in a global battle with a dangerous assassin. In less than a year, vaccines were developed to save the planet. “It is a very remarkable achievement in both scientific research and drug development and manufacture. Nobody, myself included, expected such a rapid development of vaccines at the start of the epidemic,” says Professor Jean Konfalinka, Vice President of Charles University.

As the head of the research group at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (IOCB), he became one of the faces of the anti-epidemic attack. He tirelessly explained, disclosed, and provided information about the infection, but also refuted the rumors associated with it. He was initially concerned that the outcome of the vaccination effort might not be convincing, because Coronaviruses are a very difficult target for vaccine development.

Thankfully, he exceeded all expectations. “The vaccines already approved are surprisingly effective, and they appear to protect nearly 100 percent of the dangerous course of the disease and have extremely rare side effects,” he added.

A technological breakthrough

As a scientist, he also suggests that the most successful vaccines to date are based on the revolutionary principle of transmitting mRNA into the cells of an individual fertilized. “This is genetic information that encodes a viral protein that we want to trigger an immune response against. This method is not only very effective, but essentially allows for the preparation of modified vaccines that can respond quickly, for example, to the development of viral mutations. It is a technological breakthrough that will change medicine,” he asserts. Leading biochemist.

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Even Czech scientists haven’t shied away from COVID-19. Soon brains from the Czech Technical University came up with a prototype of a lung ventilator, Charles University offered a new viRNAtrap test kit, and the Institute for Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry presented a comparative study of antigen tests.

According to Konfalinka, these are examples of important contributions to the management of acute practical problems associated with the pandemic. “But science must do more, especially trying to uncover basic questions of the biology of the Coronavirus and the immune response, as there are far fewer of these important Czech deposits. These certainly include resolving the structure of one of the coronavirus proteins, for which colleagues from IOCB have received an exceptional award from President of the Council of the Czech Government.

Science Celebrities

Several personalities testify to the stability of science in our homes. In the past year, Konvalink reviews have appeared in 644 print and online articles, 45 TV articles and 127 radio articles. Immunologist Václav Hořejší had a total of 713 media outlets and Doctor Martin Balík, who was the first to use remdesivir, 1226. However, Professor Jan Konvalinka sees the growing wave of popularity of the scientific community not only positively. “It is really confusing for the citizens how they find practically every strange self-opinion they will defend.”

He acknowledges that the government has often made mistakes during the pandemic, which has led to very dire consequences for the epidemic in the Czech Republic, but notes that every wrong decision was made by an associate professor or professor who recommended the government to do so. “Our scientific community is still awaiting a discussion about how to properly communicate difficult scientific problems, the solutions of which directly affect people’s lives, and how to reach consensus on the basis of the current state of knowledge,” Konfalinka says.

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Winners, Losers, and Survivors of the Coronavirus Crisis

A new series about how the Czechs will return to normal times. Every April and May in DNC. In the coming days you will find:

Tuesday 20.4. Prostitution in a time of hunger. Organizations working with women on the street describe their problems

Thursday 22.4. Delivery services. The story of Rasul and other people starting to deliver everything they need home during a pandemic