Washington, May 29, 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic has put an emphasis on the need for greater international cooperation among researcher and scientists to find a cure and develop a vaccine.
American and Italian scientists and researchers are working together spearheading the way, exchanging information and confronting data on the virus, to ensure we overcome this crisis.
They are bringing their talent, ingenuity and creativity to bear in an effort to bridge the way out of a pandemic that has caused many victims both in the US and Italy and brought the economy of the western world to a halt. Results are promising.
These are the main take-always of a panel discussion on scientific cooperation between Italy and the USA, introduced by Armando Varricchio, Ambassador of Italy to the USA and Kelvin Droegmeier, Acting Director of the National Science Foundation.
Three Italian scientists, Prof. Cristina Cassetti, Prof. Pier Paolo Pandolfi and Prof. Guido Silvestri participated in the panel discussion, moderated by Stefania Spatti, Class CNBC US Correspondent, recounting their personal experiences and research activities in the fight against Covid-19. They also stressed the utmost importance of transparency and information sharing.
Ambassador Varricchio highlighted the promising results of Covid-19 research conducted by Italians in the USA and underlined that “Italian and American cooperation in the scientific field is outstanding. Few countries in the world have attained the same results. From Fermi’s discoveries, to gravitational waves all the way to today’s extensive cooperation on covid-19, the USA and Italy together can change the world”.
“Italy and the United States share a commitment to discovery and innovation and the common values of integrity and openness. Our collaboration truly exemplifies just how powerful the intersection of science, engineering, and international cooperation can be in confronting and defeating COVID-19.” Dr. Droegmeier concluded.