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Investing in scientists as individuals is the way to halt the pandemic, says NGO

Governments and the private sector cannot overlook investments in scientists and health professionals amid the Covid-19 panic

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Fiocruz lab technician. Photo: Joa Souza/Shutterstock

Roughly one year ago, Brazilian scientists were faced with severe budget constraints, while public institutions leading the country’s most promising research projects were shockingly dismissed as dens of “shenanigans” by the Education Minister himself.

With Covid-19 sweeping the world off its feet, investments have been pouring in for equipment and infrastructure, in a desperate attempt to fight the pandemic. But governments and the private sector must not forget that investment in scientists and health professionals as individuals should be longstanding, as they are also the best hope to stop the pandemic and to create new technologies. This is the view...

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