Professor & Department Head of International Relations and Diplomacy, Tribhuvan University
One of the foremost challenges following the COVID-19 pandemic is how to manage the delicate balance between saving human lives and managing the huge global economic cost. Most of the governments were/are considering the lockdowns as one of the strategies to combat with COVID-19. But, the biggest question is how long we can sustain this strategy? Or, how long will it take to develop the vaccine for coronavirus?
The threats from pandemics are transnational in nature, so to fight against COVID-19 pandemic international cooperation is equally important. The public health community, governments, private sectors and, the international community should act in unison for an intensive coordinated global response to mitigate the dire repercussions of this global health crisis. From developing effective prevention strategies, response plans to the testing of a new vaccine? science diplomacy should be at the centre of all of these. Sooner we can control this pandemic, comparatively better will be our position to deal and limit the far-reaching social and economic damages. And in contrast, if the outbreak continued for a longer period of time, it will add enormous challenges to our dealing capacity.
AIDIA-NAST Joint Webinar on COVID-19 and Science Diplomacy will address the questions like; what are the ongoing national and global scientific efforts or successes and failures of science diplomacy to stop the spread of coronavirus? How significant is the role of science diplomacy to combat this global pandemic? What are the lessons we have learned from Covid-19 and previous pandemic and new implications for science diplomacy?