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.
«Policymakers need valid data to design measures that are effective and at the same time do not restrict public and private life more than necessary.»
Founder and Managing Partner at peopleXpert
«Because it ensures the return to an almost normal everyday life.»
Professor of economic and organizational sociology
«Testing is the key to better knowledge and thus to better management of the recovery phase.»
Professor of public economics and Vice-Rector for Research and International Affairs at the University of Vienna.
«I can’t believe we’re on track and I do not want to return to the future but the new normal.»
Senior Executive Leader for Transformation in Infrastructure & Energy | C-Level and Board Member at BKW AG
«Testing yes! Surveillance no!»
Professor of Economics at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland in Olten and private lecturer at the University of St. Gallen
«I support this petition because it enables us to live in freedom AND safety.»
CEO & Founder GROWTH POSITIVE
«Testing is of high relevance to fight the pandemic effectively.»
Professor at University of Vienna, Faculty of Psychology
«Because I subscribe to all arguments laid down in your manifest.»
Group Head of Institutional Clients at Raiffeisen Bank International AG
«Knowledge is key to combat COVID-19. »
Member of the Zurich Cantonal Council
«I support this petition because testing is important to know your status and to deduce the right measures!»
President of the Federation of Austrian Industry Vorarlberg
«Without testing, we don’t have data to conduct evidence-driven policy making. This is essential to minimize health risks while reopening the economy. »
President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy
«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)