it gave a very important place to the main leaders of the world. Social, political and economic leaders, but also other figures related to health work were highlighted by the magazine
, who drew up a list of the 25 most influential figures in this new context worldwide.
“From its earliest days, the battle against
It has encouraged countless people to perform tremendous acts of ingenuity, courage and compassion, “said the publication, which generally produces these types of lists to point to the most powerful people and entities in the political and business world.” We dedicate our seventh annual list of leaders to those who have mobilized the world behind them at this defining moment, including some inspiring figures from the medical community, some of whom set the example even at the cost of their lives. ”
1. Li Wenliang – Ophthalmologist, Wuhan Central Hospital
Li Wenliang was the first to detect that a new virus was the cause of the atypical pneumonia that multiplied in Wuhan. Then, he was arrested and forced to rectify his statements. “Within days of his release, this 34-year-old doctor returned to treating patients, only to become infected with the disease, which was indeed real, and then, on February 7, succumb to it,” Fortune said. He recalled his bravery “both in the face of the coronavirus and the state.”
2. Chris Gregoire – Executive Director of Challenge Seattle
Challenge Seattle was dedicated to driving the development of the most important city in Washington state. During the pandemic, he devoted all his efforts and resources to uniting political and business leaders to exchange information and join efforts.
3. Jack Ma – Co-Founder of Alibaba
“A fervent advocate of cooperation between the United States and China during his time on Alibaba, Ma broke geopolitical tensions by donating thousands of test kits and a million face masks to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), while facilitating the shipment of 1,000 respirators to New York State, “he said.
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4. State Governors in the United States: Jay Inslee of Washington State; Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan State; Mike DeWine from Ohio State
, Governor of New York, was one of the leaders of the political world during the pandemic,
He highlighted the work of all the Governors of the United States and chose three to recognize them. “From Inslee, from Washington, who had to invent a manual to fight the disease in the United States when his state was first affected, through Whitmer, who refused to back down when he was attacked by the president [Donald] Trump for demanding that the federal government step forward to help, even DeWine, who has upheld his order to stay home despite pressure from protesters and his own party, to see the governors of the United States put to the height of the circumstances it has been illuminating in this gloomy moment “, pointed out the magazine.
5. Anthony Fauci – Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
“In 36 years as director of the NIAID, Fauci has guided the United States’ response to the outbreaks, from
. After conflicting signals and inaction initially hampered the federal reaction to the coronavirus, Fauci emerged as the government’s most trusted authority figure, “he said.
. “He has reassured the public by speaking clearly, frequently, and honestly at briefings. And his outspokenness about the mistakes – ‘It’s a failure, let’s admit it,’ he told Congress about the government’s testing efforts – has helped propel the White House to correct course. ”
6. Rachel Bedard – Geriatric and Palliative Care Physician at Rikers Island Prison, New York
At 37, Bedard spent the past four caring for the elderly and infirm at Rikers Island Prison. “Most of them have not been convicted of the charges against them; they are waiting for their cases to be processed in court. I have dealt with multiple patients over 90 years old,” Bedard told
The New Yorker
, who since the pandemic began uses his Twitter account to report the matter and request “the urgent release of all those who are at risk of serious morbidity and mortality from COVID-19.”
7. José Andrés – Founder of World Central Kitchen
“The chef launched to feed those affected by the crisis, hauling food to quarantined cruises and serving nearly 100,000 dishes daily to health workers and others in the midst of the disaster, all while also creating much-needed jobs among restaurant workers, “he explained
about your decision to include him on the list. “Andrés’ latest feat: turning the Washington Nationals ballpark into a huge community kitchen to serve residents” of the American capital.
8. George Yancopoulos – Scientific Director and Co-Founder of Regeneron
“The company’s rheumatoid arthritis medicine went into clinical trial at full speed in March, after evidence emerged in China that it could help with the most seriously ill patients,” he explained.
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9. Mary Barra – CEO of General Motors
The company General Motors (GM) was the first automaker that decided to recycle its production lines to start manufacturing the necessary elements to fight the pandemic. On April 8, the Department of Health and Human Services signed a contract with GM for $ 489,000 to have about 30,000 respirators manufactured by the end of August.
10. Bill Gates – Co-Founder of Microsoft, Co-Founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
“Five years ago, with shocking precision, Gates warned us that we would find ourselves where we are now if we did not prepare for a pandemic. (We did not prepare). Fortunately, Gates did: in 2017 he put money into the Coalition for Innovations in Preparation for Epidemics (CEPI), an organization that has already accompanied the development of eight possible vaccines against COVID-19, “he said.
In the same way that it did with the governors, Fortune chose three heads of communal governments to recognize the efforts of all the North American mayors who are on the first line against the health emergency.
12. Lee Hsien Loong and Leo Yee-Sin – Prime Minister of Singapore and Director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases
“Singapore was one of the first countries outside of China to confirm a coronavirus case; almost three months later, its COVID-19 deaths remained in the single digits. The Leo center developed a test before the city- The state will confirm its first case. It currently has one of the highest per capita testing rates in the world, “Fortune said of the decision to include these two benchmarks on its exclusive list.
13. Jane Mosbacher Morris – Founder and CEO of To the Market
Through To the Market (TTM), Mosbacher Morris “connects large buyers – such as Target and Mastercard – with a global network of non-traditional producers, mostly women-owned and based in vulnerable communities,” Fortune said. Following this initiative, in March, several TTM manufacturers changed their operations to produce protective equipment for healthcare personnel, and currently have orders for more than 1.2 million units. In addition, it is preparing to distribute them in Kenya, Ghana and India.
14. Amadou Sall – Director of the Pasteur Institute of Senegal
“Resources for testing for COVID-19 have been particularly scarce in Africa, where a couple of months ago the continent had only two laboratories – one of which is the Sall institute – that could do the job,” Fortune said of the virologist, dedicated to disseminating information on “creating a more practical way of testing.”
15. Kious Kelly – Emergency Room Nurse, Mount Sinai West Hospital, New York
At 48, Kelly was the first health worker to fall victim to the pandemic in New York, one of the cities hardest hit by COVID-19.
16. Rihanna – Singer, actress and founder of Fenty Beauty and Fundación Clara Lionel
Rihanna was one of the first celebrities to make financial contributions to combat the pandemic in the United States and the world. His nonprofit organization allocated $ 5 million to help the families hardest hit by the confinement.
17. Neil Ferguson – Professor at Imperial College London
The epidemiologist was key to the pandemic in the United Kingdom, since it showed that the first model implemented by the region (isolating the population at risk and allowing other people to become infected to generate antibodies) was extremely dangerous. His gaze allowed to change the strategy and finally made mandatory social isolation for all citizens.
18. Shirin Rouhani – Physician at Shohada Hospital, Iran
“In the face of a severe shortage of medical personnel, Rouhani continued to treat patients even after she became infected with COVID-19,” she explained.
. “After her death, many Iranians used Instagram, Twitter and other platforms to share a photo of the doctor at work despite receiving intravenous medication, and praise her persistence and courage during the massive outbreak in Iran. The story of Rouhani and this photo went viral with the hashtag #ripshirinrouhani. ”
19. Wang Chuanfu – President of BYD
“At the end of January, when the COVID-19 crisis was accelerating in China, Wang created a special team to design and build new production lines in which to manufacture face masks and gel alcohol, merchandise in high demand in today’s world” the publication noted.
20. Angela Merkel – Chancellor of Germany
The German chancellor received global praise – and not for the only time in the history of her administration, which is about to end – for her calm, immediate and effective response to the pandemic. Merkel is, in addition to politics, a scientist by training, and imposed strict measures of social distancing of which she herself was an example when she put herself in voluntary quarantine when she learned that her personal doctor had tested positive in a COVID-19 analysis. . Due to these actions and an early and widespread deployment of test kits, Germany managed to keep its mortality rate much lower than that of many of its European neighbors.
21. Waitrose Supermarkets (United Kingdom); H-E-B (United States); Sobeys (Canada)
“Food stores have emerged as a key survival factor for panicked populations, even when their staff became ‘essential workers’ in the front line of exposure risk,” he said.
. “European chains like Waitrose pioneered special shopping and home delivery hours for vulnerable people and older adults. In North America, HEB supermarkets in Texas and Sobeys in Canada increased wages. of their workers and medical licenses, which helped propel the giants Target and Walmart to follow suit. ”
22. Leo Varadkar – Prime Minister of Ireland
Despite being in a delicate political situation, Varadkar took the unpopular measures he considered appropriate beyond their electoral cost. Thus, he canceled the celebrations of Saint Patrick in Ireland and closed all public and private places where groups of people are concentrated. “But what has really been impressive is his willingness to put himself in the line of fire, a doctor by profession, Varadkar works half a week weekly in evaluating patients with the virus,” the magazine said.
23. Cristian Fracassi and Alessandro Romaioli – Isinnova Executive Director and Engineer
“When SARS-CoV-2 razed Italy, Fracassi and Romaioli found out that a hospital in Brescia had respirators but lacked essential valves to operate them, the two executives of the private research institute of Rome visited the medical center, studied the valves -which must be replaced after each use- and worked on prototypes in the Isinnova 3-D printers, until they managed to create the parts. They delivered them free to the hospital, “he explained
24. Brett Crozier – Former Commander of the ship U.S.S. Roosevelt
Captain Crozier, in charge of the Roosevelt aircraft carrier, had 4,000 crew members on his ship, and the virus spread with great speed among them all. For this reason, he wrote a letter asking his superiors to evacuate the staff, in which he described the very serious one they were going through. “We are not at war. There is no need for the sailors to die,” he explained. When the text was leaked to the press, Crozier was expelled from the Navy “not without first drawing the nation’s attention to the threat it posed to our troops, a reality that came true on April 13 when a sailor on the ship died because of the virus, ”
25. Jack Dorsey – CEO of Twitter and Square
The CEO of two of the most influential tech giants of the day made millions in donations to fight the coronavirus pandemic, “Dorsey also thinks beyond the epidemic and set aside the money to support girls’ education and basic income. universal, which he calls ‘the best long-term solutions to the existential problems facing the world,’ “he said.