The relevance of virology at the moment is beyond doubt. Viruses are one of the main causative agents of many dangerous infectious and oncological diseases of humans, animals and plants.
Virologists diagnose viral infections of humans and animals, study their spread, and develop methods of prevention and treatment. The biggest achievement was the creation of vaccines against polio, smallpox, rabies, hepatitis B, measles, yellow fever, encephalitis, influenza, mumps, and rubella. A vaccine has been created against the papilloma virus, which is associated with the development of one of the types of cancer. Thanks to vaccination, smallpox has been completely eliminated.
Today, 86% of children in the world receive the most important, vital vaccinations, whereas in 1980 this figure was about 20%. These vaccinations protect them and the local population as a whole from a number of infectious diseases, including measles, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B and polio. Over the past three decades, the number of children paralyzed as a result of polio infection has decreased by 99.9% worldwide https://www.who.int/ru/news-room/feature-stories/detail/the-vaccines-success-story-gives-us-hope-for-the-future
On 16.04.2021, the Rector of the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University Tuimebayev Zh.K. and the Director General of the Research Institute of Biological Safety Problems of the SC MES RK Zakarya K.D. signed an agreement on the establishment of a scientific and educational consortium for joint training of scientific staff in doctoral studies in the direction of doctoral training in the new educational program “Virology”, as well as the current “Biological sciences and related sciences”, etc.
Organizing and conducting training courses and professional practices of doctoral students, as well as internships, advanced training courses for employees in the field of virology, biology and biotechnology.
Vaccines remain the safest and most cost-effective means of protecting against diseases and will become a powerful tool in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Therefore, the organization of training of scientific staff in doctoral studies under the new educational program “Virology”, as well as the current “Biological sciences and related sciences”, etc. in the future, it will make a great contribution to improving the human potential to ensure the biological safety of the Republic of Kazakhstan.