Science and Medicine UK’s Biggest Contributions to World, Poll Finds | UK News
Science and medicine are the UK’s most valuable contributions to the world – above art, culture and sport, according to a survey.
The country’s most publicized contribution in recent years – the work of the University of Oxford on a vaccine against the coronavirus with AstraZeneca – has been a huge success and has grown at an unprecedented rate.
Then there is a famous roll call of names like Charles Darwin, Sir Isaac Newton, Rosalind Franklin, Stephen Hawking and Alexander Fleming.
A YouGov poll of 1,635 people found that 54% believed science and medicine to be the country’s most valuable exports, ahead of manufacturing and engineering (11%), art and culture (6% ) and sport and leisure (5%).
The survey was carried out by the Malaria No More UK campaign group, whose new report shows how UK science and research is helping fight the disease.
He said it included vaccine development, genetically engineered mosquitoes, next-generation insecticidal nets and modeling the impact of climate change on populations at risk of malaria.
The group calls for a renewed financial commitment to eradicate malaria through science and innovation.
“British-led science plays a crucial role in the fight against COVID-19,” said Gareth Jenkins, advocacy director at Malaria No More UK.
“These poll results show that the British public want the country to build on this momentum to end once and for all these diseases that have been around for centuries – like malaria -.”
Professor Azra Ghani, infectious disease expert, Imperial College London, added: “Britain is proud of its heritage in helping fight one of the world’s oldest diseases through its scientific contributions. .
“Now more than ever, we must maintain our investment in this global fight to create a safer world for all of us, and work with partners so that the right solutions reach those who need them most.”