In front of every health emergency and any crisis, human beings have a great capacity for adaptation. However, its preventive capacity is very limited despite having abundant scientific information and technological means to avoid problems, suffering and deaths.
The most generic and preventive vaccine that exists is a functional nature. There are thousands of pathogens that can become a human health problem. Vaccines, ventilators or hospitals are adaptive but not preventive measures.
Functional ecosystems reduce the risks of epidemics and pandemics through well-known mechanisms, and can prevent millions of deaths caused by both zoonoses and other processes involved in the current environmental crisis that, such as climate change or pollution, occur simultaneously with infections and pandemics.
Fernando Valladares holds a PhD in Biological Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid and is a research professor at the CSIC, where he directs the Ecology and Global Change group at the National Museum of Natural Sciences. He is also an associate professor at the Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid.
He also contributes weekly in numerous media and carries out an active scientific dissemination on his “La salud de la Humanidad” a Youtube, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. He as well is responsible for the Critical Science section of “El diario” and writes regularly in various newspapers such as “The Conversation-Spain”.