ECOSF collaborated with the Mustafa Science and Technology Network to co-organize the 7th Science and Technology Exchange Program (STEP)

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ECOSF collaborated with the Mustafa Science and Technology Network to co-organize the virtual summit entitled “Scientific and Technological Collaboration Facing Coronavirus Challenges” during the 7th Science and Technology Exchange Program (STEP) on May 18 and May 28, 2020. The virtual summit underscored the importance of sharing valuable knowledge, experiences, and achievements during this critical time, and to provide the best possible platform the Coronavirus research and scientific resource during the 7th STEP.

The virtual summit provided an opportunity to the scientists and medical professionals from across the Islamic World to exchange and share the experiences, the achievements and discoveries, technological innovations as well as strategies to address the global challenge of the COVID-19 with effective cooperation and synergy.

During the Summit, President ECOSF Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro participated in the senior official round table session entitled, “Post-Coronavirus: Policies and Strategies for the second wave of Coronavirus”. In his speech, Prof. Soomro stressed that there is a danger of 2nd wave of COVID-19 as it has happened in the Harbin area of North China and Singapore. If the 2nd wave happens in winter when we usually have flu all around, it can aggravate the situation beyond control of some countries. Prof. Soomro further proposed a two-pronged strategy to avoid and tackle any such situation with immediate focus on development of vaccines and therapeutics, and production and supply of PPEs, and secondly through enhanced Public Education and awareness and strictly following the precautionary SOPs.

Engr. Khalil Raza Scientific Officer ECOSF also participated in a panel discussion on “Scientific & Technological Networking in Facing the COVID-19 Challenges in the Islamic World”. Mr. Raza underscored that the International collaborations across scientists and experts are a powerful way of bringing evidence and scientific consensus to the attention of policymakers to make informed decisions grounded on evidence-based research. Thus, COVID-19 is really a call for reinforced Scientific Collaboration. At the end, Mr. Raza presented his recommendation with appreciation to MSTN and request to Member Countries to fund and scale up research for medical treatment and vaccine development for COVID-19.

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