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.
«Randomized testing is vital for combating the Corona crisis.»
CEO at FehrAdvice & Partners AG
«We need sufficient information for effective disease control. Governments should do more to provide this important public good.»
Professor of Public Economics at WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business)
«We are responsible for each other and that comprises getting tested. »
Rotraud A. Perner
Prof. emeritus for Health Prevention
«Testing is central to enable us to live with the virus without severe and blunt distancing measures.»
Director of the department Behaviour on Markets
«We need to balance economic concerns and health issues. »
Professor of Business at the University of St. Gallen (HSG), Director of the Institute for Customer Insight (ICI-HSG)
«Because I subscribe to all arguments laid down in your manifest.»
Group Head of Institutional Clients at Raiffeisen Bank International AG
«In the absence of randomized testing we lack reliable data which is necessary to take appropriate actions that minimize the burden of the pandemic. »
Professor of Economics, Director of the UBS Center for Economics in Society
«We just need to accumulate more knowledge to find optimal mitigation strategies.»
Chair of Statistics and Econometrics at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg
«I support this petition because we need global initiatives to make the world a better place for everyone – we are in this together.»
Professor, Director of FAIR – The Choice Lab NHH Norwegian School of Economics
«Evidence, evidence, evidence!»
Director of EcoAustria – Institute for Economic Research
«Because large-scale testing in countries like Island or South Korea has shown that infection numbers were quickly brought under control. »
Owner, Heidi Glück media + public affairs consulting GmbH
«We need valid data for valid decisions!»
Managing Director NetSkill Solutions GmbH