Thursday, 5 August, 2021
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OPINION

Technological Progress Indispensable



Bhuwan Timsina

The industrial revolution, particularly the invention of technology, is an indispensable part of human life. Of mankind’s multifarious creations, technology takes pride of place. Compared to the latest innovation in computer technology, all other inventions pale in significance, since everything we have achieved depends on ground-breaking technology.
People now feel that the number of new COVID-19 infections has been going down globally for some weeks. This is the first time the issue has been discussed in a comprehensive fashion. There are various organisations working to promote the best races and make better use of social media and other online resources to mitigate the transmission of the killer virus disease. Of course, there have been different initiatives put into place around the world to help with vaccine. However, a shortage of time and finance will leave hundreds of millions of people without the access to vaccine in the foreseeable future.
To illustrate, India has gradually recaptured its position as the world’s biggest producer of vaccines. But only about three per cent of the total people in the country have been vaccinated as of now. To deal with the current difficulties, developed nations need to help the low- and middle-income ones. Various pharmaceutical companies in some rich nations have developed vaccines against the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an adaptable and flexible intervention that employs scientific methods appropriate for the developing world.
A dramatic rise in rate of COVID-19 infections worldwide invigorated international alliances during early 2020. Governments have joined hands to urgently manage resources to make multiple vaccines within a short time. China approved the Cansino vaccine for limited use in the military in late June last year. Russia, on the other hand, announced the approval of its Sputnik V vaccine. Despite doubts and lack of data, the Russian vaccine has now been registered in 66 countries with over 3.2 billion people.
Human beings are the only species to perform sophisticated creative acts regularly. If people from developing countries can break the process down into computer code, it will leave human creativity. More importantly, low levels of investment in research and development, low enrollment rate in higher education, and thus a limited supply of skilled labour play a role in the poor state of science, technology and innovation in developing nations. It is therefore, magnificent to prioritise the technological sector and encourage youths for their active participation from least developed or developing countries. Notwithstanding an allocation of significant amount of budget to deal with the anticipated problems, the nations should determine innovation strategies to pursue the recent ones. When the nations’ basic value propositions continue to be meaningful for people, this strategy will allow any country to reinvigorate the humankind on an unprecedented scale.
Technological, economic, social or political trends affect how people perceive the world around them and shape what they expect with unique opportunities for growth. The barriers in the advancement of modern technology should be overcome by the nations. However, it may not be possible for the nations to develop and sustain their capacity to deal with the existing as well as future public health challenges. The health problems and many others will continue to take an unnecessary toll, and the nations will not be prepared to address the future threats. So, it is necessary for all the nations to focus on advancing technological innovations.