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.

  • «Testing yes! Surveillance no!»

    Mathias Binswanger
    Professor of Economics at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland in Olten and private lecturer at the University of St. Gallen

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

    Benedikt Oeschger
    Climate Activist

  • «Strengthen scientific data and research and fight against speculation.»

    Victor Schmid
    Chairman & Partner / Co-Founder at Hirzel.Neef.Schmid.Konsulenten

  • «We need valid data for valid decisions!»

    Winfried Felser
    Managing Director NetSkill Solutions GmbH

  • «Evidence matters.»

    Jörn Basel
    Professor of Business Psychology at Kalaidos University, Advisor at The Negotiation Studio

  • «It is high time that we get better evidence – sampling is one of the main issues in the covid-data-crisis.»

    Antoinette Weibel
    Professor for Human Resources Management at University of St. Gallen

  • «Because we need more data to better understand the pandemic and to design effective policies. »

    Marie-Claire Villeval
    Research Professor, CNRS, GATE (CNRS – University of Lyon)

  • «Without comprehensive testing and contact tracing, governments risk a dramatic rise in both human and economic costs.»

    Klaus Wertenbroch
    Novartis Chaired Professor of Management and Environment, Professor of Marketing INSEAD, Singapore

  • «Because I subscribe to all arguments laid down in your manifest.»

    Valerie Brunner
    Group Head of Institutional Clients at Raiffeisen Bank International AG

  • «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

  • «I support this petition because we need global initiatives to make the world a better place for everyone – we are in this together.»

    Bertil Tungodden
    Professor, Director of FAIR – The Choice Lab NHH Norwegian School of Economics

  • «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

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