First Rays of Hope in the Coronavirus Crisis from “Two Real Macedonians”

Let’s take a minute to “live in the moment.” As far as free time goes, Glory to you O God, we have plenty now.

Let’s pause to reflect on the historicism of the moment. It is our “fate” that we are living at a critical point in history, a time that will be part of our collective memory for generations.

Let us record somewhere – in a diary, on pieces of paper, with a tape recorder – our impressions, thoughts, and feelings, and let us keep a record of our families’ activities. In the future, someone may be thankful that he “found a treasure.”

With each passing day, locked in our homes, we increasingly realize that this situation cannot last for too long.

Dr. Michael Olsterholm holds different views from most of those we have heard. He is the Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, and reminds us that someone has to pick up the garbage, deliver the food and medicines, and provide services. He said we need to learn to live with this virus to some degree until we find a vaccine, no matter what the statistics show. Otherwise there is no economy, he explained.

It is difficult to know who the Olympic hero will be, the one who will win the race to discover the coronavirus vaccine.

But let us not regard it as mere ethnocentrism if someone says that this discovery is likely to be made by a Greek-American. Or two Greek Macedonians – “real Macedonians” – like Dr. George Yancopoulos and Dr. Christos Kyratsous.

During an interview with The National Herald last week, Dr. Yancopoulos, president of the pioneering pharmaceutical company Regeneron (Dr. P. Roy Vagelos is chairman of the Board), gave us the first glimmers of hope that life-saving breakthroughs in the fight against coronavirus are not as far away as we had feared.

He says: “we got such a study going in record time – it actually started last week. We’ve already enrolled over 100 patients and the hope is that within a few weeks or a month or two we will actually know whether we have a weapon for the most severely affected individuals, the ones with the lung disease.”

And he adds:

“We have two approaches that could change the course of this epidemic and maybe save a lot of people, save a lot of lives, and maybe, if they really are effective, give people a lot more peace of mind, and maybe allow people to start going back to more normal lives.” “It is of particular interest to TNH readers that the brilliant young scientist who has been leading our infectious disease efforts first developing the successful treatment against Ebola and working night and day to come up with this similar antibody treatment vaccine substitute for coronavirus is Dr. Christos Kyratsous, who happens to be – like me – from the northern part of Greece. We’re Greek Macedonians, the real Macedonians.”

This is the real Greek-American Community !!!


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