Pontifical science academies urge better responses to coronavirus

Travellers at an airport in Chengdu, China wear masks to prevent infection from coronavirus. Credit: B.Zhou/Shutterstock.

(CNA) The pontifical science academies issued a health statement Friday encouraging world leaders to make adjustments to short- and long-term responses to the coronavirus.

The statement was released March 20 by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. It was contributed to by nearly 20 international science leaders appointed by Pope Francis.

The leaders expressed gratitude for the “tremendous services” provided by medical professionals amid the coronavirus pandemic, but stressed that challenges and ramifications remain.

They pointed to five areas in need of improvement - earlier responses, greater support of scientific communities, better protection of vulnerable people, stronger global interdependencies, and richer compassion.

According to the statement, all countries need to focus on early action by strengthening the health care systems, especially improving warning procedures. The experts criticized the failure of governments, public institutions, and the media to respond adequately to the coronavirus.

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