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.

  • «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

  • «Decisions need to be based on data!»

    Ulrike Malmendier
    Edward and Mollie Arnold Professor of Finance at the University of California at Berkeley and Professor of Economics at Haas School of Business

  • «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

  • «We need valid data for valid decisions!»

    Winfried Felser
    Managing Director NetSkill Solutions GmbH

  • «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.»

    Matthias Mölleney
    Founder and Managing Partner at peopleXpert

  • «We are responsible for each other and that comprises getting tested. »

    Rotraud A. Perner
    Prof. emeritus for Health Prevention

  • «You need testing to get out of the crisis.»

    Benedikt Oeschger
    Climate Activist

  • «It’s obvious that large-scale testing is not only a cost-efficient, but also an effective tool to combat the crisis without serious consequences. »

    Walter Schachermayer
    Professor of mathematics at University of Vienna

  • «The economic burden is huge on individuals: Support everyone to get “back to normal” soon.»

    Patricia Kellerhals
    CEO Monvia Gesundheitszentrum AG, Lecturer at Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration (HWZ)

  • «Let’s use the assets we have and act on the needs without hindering biases and ideologies. »

    Lars Maydell
    International Executive Coach

  • «Evidence, evidence, evidence!»

    Tobias Thomas
    Director of EcoAustria – Institute for Economic Research

  • «We need more data in order to finetune measures that minimize socio-economical impact while protecting the public health system. »

    Esther-Mirjam de Boer
    Owner and CEO at GetDiversity GmbH

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