(MENAFN- The Peninsula) QNA
Doha: The Executive Chair of the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), Prof. the Lord Darzi of Denham, has affirmed that hosting a tournament the size of the FIFA World Cup in an Arab country for the first time in history is a source of pride to Qatar.
He noted that sport is a source of joy and power that unites the world in times of crisis and division, and Qatar welcomes its visitors and the fans of this game with their diverse nationalities after it has harnessed the full potential for them and the whole world to enjoy this premium tournament.
In his remarks at the conference on Tuesday, Denham stressed the significant role undertaken by WISH in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic and its fallout through sharing ideas and experiences among the professionals in the health and pharmacy fields from various countries.
He hailed the unlimited support the WISH summit is receiving from HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, and the Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation (QF) H E Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al-Thani.
'The World Health Organization (WHO) has severally praised Qatar for the significant steps it has made in the area of health and how the country has not hesitated to help other countries. One of these gestures is that of one of the World Cup stadiums that will be dismantled and distributed to needy countries,' he said.
Lord Darzi noted the substantial efforts exerted to protect humanity from the COVID-19 pandemic.
'The efforts exerted to counter this illness, despite its ferocity, included the work of the ministries of health globally, medical and pharmacy establishments that made maximum efforts to mitigate the impact of the pandemic and expedite the provision of vaccines to further counter the illness,' he noted.
Lord Darzi added that the pandemic has taught the world equality and equity in distributing vaccines to citizens and providing health care with different methods.
'It has also given them the ability to adapt, be ready and prepare for any potential menace that could pose a threat to their health, considering that humanity has become more interactive than ever before with illnesses and more concerned with prevention in lieu of a cure, including the innovation of solutions in overcoming the challenges,' he said.
The co-founder of Moderna, Noubar Afeyan, who is the keynote speaker at the conference, spoke about science and its association with imagination and innovation, including his company's role in converting this imagination into reality through utilizing digital technology.
He emphasized the importance of envisioning the future and its status, as well as developing solutions to anticipated challenges and methods for dealing with them.
Afeyan noted the major investments and the enormous funds his company has spent to innovate on a technology that helped it to win its war against the coronavirus.
He added that his company is committed to distributing affordable vaccines to all people, in addition to developing the potential to provide them to middle-income countries.
He added that the company is currently working to produce contagious disease vaccines and find cures for numerous diseases through the harnessing of technology, and consistent innovation.
He reiterated the importance of determining the goals, comprehending the reality and handling disease proactively, prior to its spread through prevention and boosting the human body to be capable of facing any potential development in pandemics.
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