AstraZeneca presents a book of testimonials with the protagonists who have managed the pandemic


Manage the unprecedented of AstraZeneca, it is the first book that reflects the human side of some of the protagonists who have managed the pandemic and in whose presentation they have once again highlighted the memories of this titanic struggle, the common solidarity of millions of people and the generosity of an entire country. Because they were on the front line to manage the crisis of the Covid-19 in Spain of its different areas of action: government, ministries, the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products, health professionals, pharmacists, patient associations, the media and the pharmaceutical industry.

The President of AstraZeneca Spain, Rick R Suarez, underlined that the “sum of efforts and joint work in the face of the challenge of the fight against Covid-19, has succeeded in saving millions of lives around the world”. In this way, he assured that he was particularly proud “of the spirit of collaboration that AstraZeneca has shown during the pandemic. First of all, in its alliance with the University of Oxford produce and make available to the world population a vaccine that they have studied and for which they still hold the patent. Second, to do so without profit, so it was possible for his protection reach any country in the world, especially those who fewer resources“. So, finally, he explained that in third place, he is satisfied with the contribution to the donation and “our contribution to Covax, which works very hard to make the coverage truly global”.

The Director of General Affairs and Market Access of AstraZeneca Spain, Martha Moreno, recalled the company’s involvement during the pandemic, with the launch of its own vaccine against Covid-19; at the same time they sent a message of caution. “Neither Covid-19 nor its impact has ended: protecting the most vulnerable and continuing to prioritize health remains the most important thing,” said Moreno.

During the inauguration, the Secretary of State for Science and Innovation, Rachel Yotti, celebrated the existence of “those leadership forums” in which “to share the aspects in which Spain was up to it”. “In some areas we were above what we could have imagined. The spirit of collaboration has given us the ability to be above what we could have done, strengthening new alliances and new projects,” he stressed, stressing the importance of collaboration. public-private.

During the act, the debate took place The human side of managing the pandemic, which had the participation of other authors of the book: Enrique Ruiz Escudero, Minister of Health of the Community of Madrid; José María Vergeles, second vice-president and Minister of Health and Social Services of the Junta de Extremadura; Tomás Cobo, President of the General Council of Official Colleges of Physicians; Jesús Aguilar, President of the General Council of Pharmaceutical Associations, and Mariano PasteurPresident of the Spanish Federation of Associations of Patients with Allergies and Respiratory Diseases (FENAER).

Ruiz Escudero He admitted that “big decisions had to be made, but they also had to be made very quickly. Sometimes it was about decisions that could be one day one way and the next day the opposite way, the situation varied so much, and what I admired the most was everyone’s ability to transform themselves . Its ability to reinvent itself on the fly. He also clarified that what struck him most during the pandemic was “the ability to overcome”. In this sense, he explained that “sometimes we made decisions in the morning, which were contradictory with others that we made in the afternoon, and the population was made at the expense of the decisions of a council”, a- he said.

For Jose Maria Vergeles, the most shocking thing was “society’s response”. According to him, the “current health situation” is due to the fact that “a pandemic has just occurred which has lasted for almost three years”. “There are still shreds as a result of all of this,” he pointed out.

For Tomas CoboLooking to the future, “it is important to underline a consensus to harmonize the 17 autonomous systems, with serenity, where it is not only politicians who decide, but also health professionals. “Regarding the pandemic, the best thing is that the model withstood the impact after a titanic effort, from below, that is, from purely clinical, not from management. The worst, without a doubt, was death in solitude,” he said.

A) Yes, Jesus Aguilar, underlined that “the success of pharmacists was the direct contact with the citizen; look into our faces, into our eyes; Not through screens. There were many limitations and the only health facility that remained open was the pharmacy. We had to do everything in the pandemic: not only to help all citizens to have the drugs to be able to continue their treatments, but there was also a very important social component.

The President of the Spanish Federation of Associations of Patients with Allergies and Respiratory Diseases, Mariano Pasteur, reflected the situation of vulnerable patients and how, from the associations, they took up the challenge of digitization to continue to accompany patients. Finally, the journalist Susanna Griso, who presented the event, in addition to collaborating on the book, He spoke of the important role of the media since the arrival of the coronavirus in reporting on how the health crisis was evolving with the utmost rigor and caution.

Ultimately, Reyes Maroto, The Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, wanted to thank “all the invisible heroes who fought to defeat the virus”. During his address, he pointed out that the word that comes up the most throughout the book is “solidarity”; in addition to the term “collective value”. “Without them, we would not have overcome the challenges of the pandemic,” he stressed.


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