THE CALL OF THE OCEAN
Alert. The whole world is at war with Covid-19. Caregivers and scientists are on the frontlines. In survival mode.
Covid-19 follows other large-scale epidemics – Ebola, SARS, MERS – whose pathogens are all linked to wildlife. Certain animal species have been found to act as hosts and/or vectors of transmission.
The destruction of natural habitats and climate change combined with modern development imperatives of globalisation are resulting in both the emergence and spread of such diseases in humans.
We need to support scientifc research to anticipate future pandemics and mitigate humans’ impact on Nature.
THE OCEAN, A SOURCE OF SOLUTIONS FOR HUMAN HEALTH
The ocean is a precious source of solutions for human health.
Thirteen Nobel Prizes in medicine have been attributed thanks to oceanic research.
A treatment for advanced breast cancer was derived from a sea sponge.
A protein from an algae is used to fight a virus similar to Covid-19.
Currently, many marine compounds with antiviral properties are tested worldwide.