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How Has COVID-19 Changed the Life Sciences Industry?

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As you might expect of a global pandemic, there's virtually no one in the world who hasn't been affected in some way by COVID-19. Work, home, and social lives have all been impacted to an extent.

The life science industry played an integral role in the development of the vaccines that have allowed us to resume some degree of normalcy in our lives. The dedicated workers in this sector battled through the crazy changes that were occurring throughout society during these turbulent times. Two years on and the the influences and effects of COVID-19 are still present, some more than others. But how exactly has COVID-19 affected the life sciences industry itself?

Collaborations Boom

Following the initial outbreak, collaborations between life science companies increased massively, the resulting discoveries and developments coming at a remarkably accelerated rate. There's no more perfect example of the results of these collaborations than the COVID-19 vaccines.

Under normal conditions, a vaccine can take up to 10-15 years to produce, allowing for the vaccine development as well as the trials and safety testing. Multiple vaccines for COVID-19 were produced in under a year. Before this, the fastest vaccine in the world was the vaccine for mumps, which took around 4 years to create.


Digitising Medicine

Shortly following the pandemic, the world was encouraged to stay apart and work from home when possible. Everyone was doing what they could do keep their distance, and that includes hospital and surgeries. From the start of the pandemic following all the way through to today, there's been a massive rise in 'telemedicine', a.k.a. virtual healthcare.

Before COVID-19, attending hospital appointments via Skype might have sounded like a pretty wild concept, but since the outbreak, life science staff have had to make some pretty major adjustments to how they work. Moving medical appointments online was a great way to reduce risk of transmissions in areas that were high-risk for COVID-19 exposure, like hospitals. While it took some getting used to, it worked well enough that virtual healthcare methods are still being used today.


Discoveries and Advances

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, massive amounts of money and resources have been poured into the life sciences industry. As a result, there have been a lot of new advances.

On top of the medical discoveries that have allowed for such developments such as the COVID-19 vaccines, there's also been development within the technologies that help us to make these discoveries. The advancement of the technology used during tests and experiments has allowed us to make more progress in shorter periods of time; in short, efficiency has massively spiked. Innovative developments are occurring at a much more rapid rate, and the results speak for themselves.

There's no denying that the pandemic was a global tragedy, and that the loss of life was devastating. However, the sudden chain of events that followed the outbreak did result in people worldwide being forced to change their way of thinking; technological advances displayed the resilience and ingenuity of the human race as we battled to keep the world running.

What was accomplished by the life science industry as a result of COVID-19 might not have been achieved for years had the pandemic not struck. Within an industry that already thrives on innovation and creativity, the pandemic generated a new wave of forward thinkers who achieved what, just a few short years before, might have been considered impossible.

If you're interested in finding a career in the life science industry and becoming a part of this innovative, forward-thinking sector, contact HRS today to talk to our first-class recruiters. Feel free to browse the life science careers available with HRS Recruitment at your own pace down below.

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