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.

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

    Eva Zehetner
    Head of Human Ressources at Telekom Austria Group

  • «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

  • «We need more evidence to support our decision making, if we want to build a better future!»

    Alexis Johann
    Managing Partner at FehrAdvice & Partners AG

  • «I support the petition, because we need large scale testing to prevent further infection waves and to be able to safely reopen economy and social life»

    Isabelle Daniel
    Journalist at oe24.at

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

    Georg Weizsäcker
    Professor of Economics at Humboldt University

  • «We need sufficient information for effective disease control. Governments should do more to provide this important public good.»

    Rupert Sausgruber
    Professor of Public Economics at WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business)

  • «Because its the only way to get evidence! Only evidence can lead to appropriate actions.»

    Reto Blum
    Founder & CEO Human Decision Design GmbH, Owner Decision Architect Reto Blum

  • «Because testing and tracing are the right thing to do to combat the pandemic.»

    Iris Bohnet
    Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government and Academic Dean at the Harvard Kennedy School

  • «Most of worldwide testing is not randomized. If we test in random samples, we will have much more valuable knowledge to fight this pandemic.»

    Christoph Hofinger
    Managing Partner and Scientific Director at SORA Institute for Social Research and Consulting

  • «Gather knowledge about what’s unknown today – that’s what an extensive testing strategy can do for our society. »

    Gerold Riedmann
    CEO Russmedia Digital, Editor in Chief at Vorarlberger Nachrichten, President of the European Division of the International News Media Association (INMA)

  • «Our behavioral immune system must now use it’s most powerful anti-pathogen tool: thinking. From thinking, it follows that we have to test. »

    Christian Fichter
    Head of Research & Development at Kalaidos University of Applied Sciences

  • «I support this petition because it enables us to live in freedom AND safety.»

    Achim Feige
    CEO & Founder GROWTH POSITIVE

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