By Ivan Maltsev
Anthony Fauci said that scientists are improving the components of therapeutic drugs previously used against pathogens and developing new molecules that allow them to affect vulnerable parts of viruses.
Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases of the USA, in his speech on Sunday at the International Forum of Science and Technology in Society, listed the main measures of the scientific community that will allow preparing for the next pandemic. For the second year in a row, due to the spread of coronavirus, the conference itself is not held in Kyoto but online.
“First, we identify priority pathogens that can cause a pandemic. For example, the World Health Organization has a similar list. The problem is that we cannot limit ourselves to this approach alone, since an unforeseen pathogen usually provokes the mass spread of infection,” Fauci said.
“Secondly, scientists are improving methods of creating vaccines, such as technologies of matrix RNA and vector preparations. Optimization of these methods has already played a significant role in the fight against the spread of coronavirus,” the infectious disease specialist stressed. – Next, we use the information obtained during the research of viruses that belong to the same family as the one that caused the pandemic. This approach makes it possible to predict at an early stage the features of vaccines that will be necessary to influence the pathogen.”
In addition, according to him, “scientists are improving the components of therapeutic drugs that were previously used against pathogens, and, more importantly, they are developing new molecules that allow them to affect vulnerable parts of viruses.” “Thus, further development of these countermeasures will allow us to prepare for the next imminent pandemic.”
Over the four days of the forum, which opened on October 2, more than 15 sessions will be held on a wide range of topics, including medicine and healthcare, education, global warming, the use of artificial intelligence, and robotics. As in 2020, the topic of the pandemic will be expected to prevail in all discussions. Thus, the head of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, Seth Berkeley, will take part in a discussion on strengthening cooperation in the field of global health.