We had entered 2020 with such high hopes and dreams for the innovations that awaited us in the coming decade. Yet we were barely out of the gates when our world of infinite possibilities was brought to its knees by a deadly virus. The challenges that followed have been unprecedented in our lifetimes.
As the disease raged through our communities and lockdowns were enforced, we all watched the daily news recount the number of souls who had lost their lives to COVID-19. The profound economic shock continues to reverberate, and expose deep inequities in our society and in how we care for our citizens.
Our journey into this strange new normal also made us painfully aware of our own vulnerabilities and the fragility of human life. Above all, we have been reminded that our most valuable currency is not measured in wealth or possessions, but rather through our health.
So, why can’t we build a world where no disease goes untreated? Why, with all of the advances in technology, are so many people still suffering from disease? The economic and development models urgently need to change. Patients deserve better. We must leverage breakthrough technologies for the benefit of all.
Above all, getting the next 10 years right demands leaders with empathy who care about their fellow citizens and are prepared to work to end injustice and create opportunities for all.
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