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BRICS Academies of Sciences present reports on fighting COVID-19 pandemic

On 14-15 December 2020, the 3rd Meeting of the BRICS Academies of Sciences under the theme “Academic science in the fight against COVID-19. Economic, sociological and other aspects of the post-COVID world” was held via videoconference.

The Meeting was attended by Alexander Sergeyev, President of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Academy Member; Yury Balega, Vice President of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Academy Member; Luiz Davidovich, President of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences; Jonathan D. Jansen, President, Academy of Sciences of South Africa;  J. Kurana, Vice President of the Indian National Science Academy; Zhang Yaping, Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, as well as Pavel Knyazev, Russia's BRICS Sous-Sherpa, Deputy Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Foreign Policy Planning Department.

Representatives of BRICS Academies of Science delivered scientific reports at three sessions, namely, “Epidemiology, Virology and Molecular Biology Studies of COVID-19 and Its Variants”, “Mathematical and Computer Modelling of Pandemics” and “Social, Economic and Psychological effects of the Pandemic”.

Each session included a report by a prominent scientist from each BRICS National Academy of Sciences, including Professor Salim Abdool Karim, Director of the Centre for the AIDS Program of Research, AIDS Centre, South Africa and Co-Chair of the COVID-19 Ministerial Council, Dr Ramanan Laxminarayan, Director of the Centre for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP), Professor Tiago Pereira,  University of San Paulo, and Professor Xin Li, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research (ITP), Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The Russian Side was represented by Professor Natalia Pshenichnaya, Deputy Director for Clinical and Analytical Work, Central Research Institute of Epidemiology, Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor), Alexei Romanyukha, DSc (Physics and Mathematics), Deputy Director for Research, Marchuk Institute of Computational Mathematics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Timofei Nestik, Laboratory Head, Institute of Psychology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Member of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP), all delivered reports at themed sessions.

Following the meeting, the participants approved a draft communique of the 3rd Meeting of the BRICS Academies of Sciencesto be finalised by the Heads of the BRICS Academies of Sciences in January 2021.