WE ARE HAPPY TO SHARE THE PRESENTATION OF PROF. SUSANA MAGALHÃES FOR HER EUNAMES LECTURE OF OCTOBER.
Covid first presented itself as a tragic scene with no real choices of action. Therefore, we experienced alienating amoral situations that caused burnout to health professionals, policy decision makers and the citizens enclosed at home or enclosed outside, because of their homelessness. After three or four waves, where do we stand now? The virus seems to be under control due to scientific knowledge and the sense of responsibility for the common good enacted by most people. Reciprocity, Responsibility and Respect for the Other were highlighted as the pillars of post-covid History. However, the positive outputs of the pandemic should be regarded with suspicion. With the political measures to control the spread of the virus, the division between US and the OTHER has inscreased: US, the healthy, the vaccinated, the ones accomplishing with the rules; the OTHERS, the infected, the non-vaccinated, the ones questioning the norms. On top of this, Covid status certificates may contribute to unlawful discrimination, with the slogan no jab, no job raising strong opposition by many citizens.