The new composition of the Scientific Council will start work

Toivo Maimets, professor of cell biology at the University of Tartu, introduced a new research council to the government today. Photo: Stenbock House
Toivo Maimets, professor of cell biology at the University of Tartu, introduced a new research council to the government today. Photo: Stenbock House

Toivo Maimets, Head of the Research Council and Professor of Cell Biology at the University of Tartu, introduced the members of the Council today, who will advise the Government in making decisions concerning the corona crisis. The new staff, in 2022, will officially start working next week.

The members of the Research Council are Mait Altmets, Head of the Infection Control Department of the North Estonian Regional Hospital and Senior Doctor, Jaanus Harro, Professor of Psychophysiology at the University of Tartu, Ruth Kalda, Professor of Family Medicine and Head of the Institute of Biomedicine , Margus Varjak, Associate Professor of Virology at the University of Tartu, and Triin Vihalemm, Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Tartu.

“We have been living with the coronavirus for almost two years now, but the virus is known to be very dynamic. It is therefore particularly important for the government to be able to base our decisions on scientific and evidence-based information. The role of the Scientific Council is to provide this input to the government. In addition to my main job, I wish the members of the new staff strength in fulfilling this socially responsible and sometimes inevitably tense role, “said Prime Minister Kaja Kallas.

According to Toivo Maimets, the head of the Research Council, he meant that the fields of immunology, virology and social sciences, as well as representatives of medical science and public health in general, would be represented when compiling the new composition. “We are coming to work at a time when the coronavirus omicron strain has taken over the world and the latest scientific data is constantly changing. We will give the first overview to the government next week. “

The Scientific Council prepares up-to-date reviews and analyzes for the government, which reflect Estonian and international scientific developments related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and also advises the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Health Board or other agencies involved in resolving the crisis, as appropriate. The Scientific Council also develops answers to questions raised by the government or members of the government.

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