About us

We want our lives back

We, the founders of this initiative, are a group of people who want to challenge the helplessness and ignorance of the policymakers.

We feel we have a responsibility for the present and for the future. COVID-19 is changing our world, and the life of every one of us. Most people simply want “their lives back”.

COVID-19 has not left a single aspect of our lives untouched. Normal daily activities like going to the movies with friends, taking with our kids to the playground, or having Sunday lunch with nana and grandad and the whole family were suddenly no longer possible, as lockdowns were put in place. While since then some of these activities are allowed again, many restrictions still apply, and the uncomfortable feeling has not gone. We are all scared that the modest freedoms we had been longing for will be cut again as soon as the number of infections begins to rise again.

We do not want a second lockdown, and we want the consequences of the recession that results from the first one to remain manageable. That can only happen if we stay alert and agile, despite the COVID-19 crisis. Therefore, we need a robust early warning system, with which we can quickly identify new flare-ups of the infection, and rapidly constrain further spreading of the virus.

There is a well-known, proven approach in science that can be the basis of such an early warning system: representative, randomized testing on all people – the sick, the healthy, the immune, superspreaders and anyone around emerging hotspots.

COVID-19 matters to all of us – in the industrialized world, in the growth countries and in the developing countries. Our economies are so intertwined that we can only find a way out of the crisis with an effective instrument that we all use.

We want to convince the policymakers

The goal of our initiative is to persuade the policymakers of the profound need for such a testing regime.

The voices of experts from science and business, and indeed the voices of all citizens, provide support to the people who are close to decision-makers, to pursue this demand. We want to create the political pressure with which the first step in this direction can be made, to ensure that we can find a way out of the COVID-19 crisis thanks to representative, randomized testing.

We are independent

Our initiative is supported by the founders through financial contributions and voluntary effort. The people who are giving their support to the initiative have no material interest in the implementation of a broad testing regime. Our engagement to advocate a representative, randomized testing approach stems from our desire to regain normality for ourselves and for future generations.

  • «Evidence, evidence, evidence!»

    Tobias Thomas
    Director of EcoAustria – Institute for Economic Research

  • «We need to manage and balance the deadly consequences of Covid-19 AND the deadly consequences of our countermeasures in an intelligent way.»

    Michael Kramarsch
    Advisor, Founder, Investor – Managing Partner hkp/// group

  • «We need a better understanding where we are in this crisis!»

    Nora Szech
    Holder of the Chair of Political Economy at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

  • «Without testing, we don’t have data to conduct evidence-driven policy making. This is essential to minimize health risks while reopening the economy. »

    Gabriel Felbermayr
    President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy

  • «It’s crucial for humanity to overcome the crisis in a solidary way. We also need to support those who cannot afford the testing. »

    Arno Riedl
    Professor of Public Economics at Maastricht University

  • «… because decisions and policies need to be based on evidence and data.»

    Eva Zehetner
    Head of Human Ressources at Telekom Austria Group

  • «…the value of information is high at present.»

    Georg Weizsäcker
    Professor of Economics at Humboldt University

  • «We need to balance economic concerns and health issues. »

    Andreas Herrmann
    Professor of Business at the University of St. Gallen (HSG), Director of the Institute for Customer Insight (ICI-HSG)

  • «Testing is of high relevance to fight the pandemic effectively.»

    Erich Kirchler
    Professor at University of Vienna, Faculty of Psychology

  • «In the absence of randomized testing we lack reliable data which is necessary to take appropriate actions that minimize the burden of the pandemic. »

    Ernst Fehr
    Professor of Economics, Director of the UBS Center for Economics in Society

  • «We need more reliable samples and in-depth analyses to fight covid-19.»

    Gudrun Sander
    Adjunct Professor of Business Administration with special emphasis on Diversity Management at University of St. Gallen

  • «A strategy that involves widespread testing at its core is the only way out of this crisis.»

    Benjamin Moll
    Professor of Economics at London School of Economics and Political Science

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