The Unsung Heroes Of The COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic hit badly to one and all. It affected our lives to a great extent, and we all were left hapless. However, amid the torrid time, some people from different sectors stepped up against the global pandemic. These people devoted their time and efforts to trim down COVID-19 that spurred at a massive rate.
For those who are unaware, these individuals are the unsung heroes during the global pandemic. The Fortune magazine has devoted its 7th annual leader’s list to the personalities who were agile at the time of pandemic and working day-in-day-out for the betterment of people suffering from this havoc wave. We have picked up ten such leaders in this post, and it is time to present them before you.
10 Heroes Of The COVID-19
An ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital, Li Wenliang, was among the first ones to sound the alarm of Coronavirus in December 2019. However, he was detained and soon forced to repudiate his warning by the local Chinese authorities.
After days of release from detention, Li continued his job as a doctor and treated patients only to become infected by the virus and then on Feb 7 to cease to it. Li’s bravery inspired masses across the globe, and he was honored as a ‘Martyr’ by the Chinese Government.
The former executive chairman and co-founder of Alibaba Group, Jack Ma, is the second richest person in China. He has a net worth of $48.3 billion and has donated around 18 million masks, 3 million test kits, and thousands of ventilators to more than 100 countries, including Latin America and Africa.
Christine Gregoire is the former governor of Washington, serving between 2005-2013. She was able to bring the hard-hit Seattle’s business community together earlier in the city’s outbreak to help the spread slow down. She was among the renowned personalities who played a vital role in settling things amid the chaos.
Anthony Fauci was the lynchpin in guiding the US response to outbreaks from AIDS to Zika. He has served as the director of NIAID for 36 long years. After mixed signals and inaction initially handicapped the federal reaction to the coronavirus, Fauci emerged as the most trusted figure of the authority.
Being one of the lead members of Donald Trump’s administration, he knew all the government insights. He admitted that the government’s testing efforts were a failure, and many mistakes were made. However, he has helped the White House to a great extent to help them with their faults and weakness.
A Spanish-American chef, Jos Andres is the founder of World Central Kitchen. He is a proud owner of restaurants in Washington DC, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Florida, South Beach, Orlando, Frisco, Texas, and New York City. Jos Andres was an instrumental figure amid the COVID crisis as he transferred the food to quarantined cruise ships serving nearly 100,000 meals in a day to the frontline workers and others in the hotspots.
General Motors (GM) was the first renowned automaker to commit its idle assembly lines to fight against the novel coronavirus. Marry Barra faced a lot of criticism from the US president but reaped benefits from it. Come 8th April 2020, the US Department of Health and Human Services awarded GM a $489 million contract to deliver 30,000 ventilators by the end of August 2020.
The entire world wasn’t prepared for the novel coronavirus, but Bill Gates was. Back in 2017, he put his money on CEPI, an organization that already introduced eight COVID-19 vaccine candidates into the development stage. In February 2020, Gates already started the development of funding to boost the readiness for coronavirus in South Asia and Africa.
The executive director of the National Centre for infectious diseases, Leo Yee-Sin, has contributed immensely to Singapore, which has the highest per capita testing rates in the world. Her center developed a test even before the city-state confirmed its first case.
George Yancoupoulous is the chief scientific officer and the co-founder at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. He started his fight against the novel coronavirus by clinical trials in March 2020 when evidence emerged from China that the company’s rheumatoid arthritis drug may help the most severely ill patients. George’s team has been working on the development of antibody cocktails since January 2020 to fight the virus.
Bedard has been caring for the sick and old people in New York City’s correctional system. She has used Twitter to call for a mass release of detainees to remind people that jail is a ‘perfect setup’ for a deadly outbreak.
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Time to wrap up:
Here is a list of some of the unsung COVID-19 warriors who paved their way to glory by helping the unprivileged people with resources and all the essential needs amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Which name inspired you the most? Shoot down the name in the comments section below.