Technological research and business management at the service of the development of humanity, effort as an engine of life, solidarity as a flag at the risk of putting one’s own safety in danger and social commitment above all. Solidarity in critical times, a sustainable perspective in the broadest sense and successes hand in hand with sportsmanship and self-improvement.
Of vaccines against Covid-19 developed by Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Janssen and Moderna at 115 years of social commitment of La Caixa Foundation, through the tremendous effort of the Spanish embassy in Kabul for try to bring Afghans fleeing the Taliban into our country and the triple Paralympic medalist Marta Fernandez.
People, institutions and companies that embody a good part of the values that EL ESPAÑOL defends and that become even more relevant in times of crisis and post-pandemic. Examples of the merits that unite the pharmaceutical companies that have developed the vaccine, the La Caixa Foundation, the Spanish embassy in Kabul and Marta Fernández and that make them in their own right the Lions of EL ESPAÑOL 2021.
For the fifth consecutive year, our newspaper will deliver its awards in the fields of solidarity, business and sports. This year a fourth award is also added, that of human values. Four fundamental spaces in the development of our society and that are being key to move forward, overcome the pandemic and rebuild the Spain that is emerging from this crisis.
In the area of solidarity, our new Lions join Ignacio Echeverria -posthumously-, Fernando Raigal -the Spanish diver who collaborated in the rescue of trapped Thai children-, Francisco Luzon –former banker and creator of the Foundation that bears his name to combat the Commonwealth and the Armed Forces, for his work during the coronavirus crisis.
In the field of business management, pharmaceutical companies enter the list in which it is Florentino Pérez, Francisco González, Ignacio Sánchez Galán and Francisco Reynés. In the sports car, Marta Fernandez joins Rafael Nadal, Sergio Ramos, women’s sports and Pablo Laso.
After the events held at the Westin Palace Hotel, the headquarters of Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) and the Casino de Madrid, this time the awards ceremony returns to the Teatro Real next Tuesday, October 26.
It will be a ceremony broadcast live on the EL ESPAÑOL page. Some Lions that are also special because they coincide with the sixth year of life of this newspaper and with the leadership of this newspaper in the ranking of press audiences, becoming the most read in Spain together with The vanguard.
Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Janssen and Moderna
Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Janssen and Moderna have been chosen with the Best Business Management Award. The four pharmaceutical companies probably did the most scientific work of the last 100 years and in record time. The coronavirus forced the world population to be confined from March 2020 and nine months later the first citizens were already being vaccinated.
But not only that. To the enormous effort in R&D development never seen in the history of mankind a huge logistical work was added to provide these vaccines to the whole world. Hundreds of millions of doses of these vaccines allowed that in less than a year, almost 80% of the European population was vaccinated and It is expected that in a few months doses will be administered to children from five years of age.
In other words, a technical team was joined by an impeccable management team that negotiated the doses and distributed them in record time. It is probably the best example of business management in the history of the world.
Special mention deserves the clinical trial of the vaccine against Covid-19 developed by the pharmaceutical company Hipra. In this regard, the government He has indicated that there is a lot of hope, both in Spain and in Europe, that it will be a very good vaccine. ” “If all goes well and the trial gets good results”, Hipra has the capacity to “start producing in October and we would be talking about having a Spanish vaccine that could already be marketed at the beginning of next year,” said the minister of Science and Innovation, Diana Morant.
La Caixa Foundation
This time the award Solidarity Award is for the La Caixa Foundation. More than 115 years of social commitment prove a trajectory at the service of people. Chaired by Isidro Fainé, This institution has reinforced its programs at a time when Covid has led society to have more needs, increasing the population in vulnerable situations.
The Catalan and Balearic Islands Pension Fund for Old Age and Savings, “La Caixa”, was founded on April 5, 1904 by the Catalan lawyer Francesc Moragas Barret, with the support of various entities of Catalan civil society.
Since its inception, the La Caixa Foundation has been characterized by a strong social commitment and a vocation to work in favor of the interest generatedl, both through its financial activity and its social action, which finances and maintains activities of a social, educational, cultural and scientific nature.
The La Caixa Foundation is the first foundation of Spain, the second in Europe and one of the most important in the world by volume of social investment. With an estimated annual budget of 510 million euros, the Foundation The box annually promotes thousands of initiatives that focus on education, culture and research as engines of progress.
Marta Fernandez embodies the values of Olympism like no one else, reason more than enough to be worthy of the Sports Award at Los Leones 2021. The swimmer was the flag bearer of the national team at the closing ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, the culmination of her brilliant participation in the contest.
The 27-year-old from Burgos became the sensation of Spanish swimming in these Paralympic Games and in the athlete with the highest number of medals among all the members of the delegation, with a gold, a silver and a bronze.
Fernández, from the Spanish Sports Federation for People with Cerebral Palsy and Acquired Brain Injury (Fedcp), he reaped great results in his Paralympic debut by winning gold in the 50 meter breaststroke (SB3 category), silver in 50 butterfly (S5) and bronze in 50 freestyle (S4).
He made his international debut this season at the European held in Madeira (Portugal), where he hung seven metals, and in Tokyo he confirmed this brilliant irruption.
Spanish Embassy in Kabul
The Spanish embassy in Acceptance at the end of this summer coordinated a mega operation to rescue more than 2,000 Afghans from the hands of the Taliban regime. A brilliant operation that was well above the goals set by himself government Spanish and that brought together the joint efforts of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defense.
That is why, symbolically, the embassy represented by the acting ambassador of Spain in Kabul, Gabriel Ferrán, has been awarded this new Los Leones 2021 Human Values Award. A great example of collaboration at the service of one of the largest humanitarian operations carried out by Spain outside of Spanish territory.
Agents of the GEOS, of Police Intervention Units (UIP), fifty elite soldiers, with experience in various international missions, from the Military Civic Cooperation Battalion (CIMIC) and the Air Deployment Support Squadron (EADA). All working for two weeks to rescue these ‘Spanish Afghans’, the vast majority collaborators of the Spanish Army in recent years.
In total, 2,181 people arrived on 17 flights for nine days. The median age of Afghans evacuated by the government was 22; a third were boys and girls under the age of 15; 47%, women; and most came to Spain as a family. The profile of those rescued speaks for itself of the great effort made and the results achieved.