The president of the Junta, Juanma Moreno, used the occasion of the region's Andalucia Day on 28 February to invoke the spirit of people to "fight, conquer and be brave" to overcome the crisis caused by the pandemic.
He recalled that Andalusians have been known throughout history for their ability to recover after suffering difficult moments. "We have done it a thousand times before and we will do it another thousand again," he said.
Moreno was presiding over an Andalucía Day award ceremony on Sunday (28 Febuary) at Seville's Teatro de La Maestranza, where the singer Raphael, closed the gala with a very personal performance of the Andalusian anthem after receiving the title of Hijo Predilecto ('favourite son').
In an emotional speech, which he had to interrupt when his voice broke when mentioning people who have lost loved ones, Moreno spoke of his pride at seeing the way the region has faced the health crisis.
He cited the response that the Andalusian health system has given, even in times of the greatest difficulty, and thanked the efforts of both health workers and the teaching professions.
Moreno also referred to the response given by the research field. “We have designed and manufactured ventilators; they were made by doctors and engineers not from anywhere else, but from here, Andalusian doctors and engineers. And we did it in record time, when these much-needed devices were lacking all over the world,” he recalled.
Proud of Andalucía
He also mentioned the scientists from the Córdoba Biomedical Research Institute and the Reina Sofía Hospital, who have made progress in a treatment that significantly improves the prognosis of Covid-19.
"How can we not be proud of the excellence, research and innovation of Andalucía," he asked.
The president said that the pandemic is the most important challenge that any government has faced in the last century, but assured the public that Andalucía is immersed in a process of transformation and regeneration that the health crisis will not stop.
"Now we face a reconstruction process to recover the path of economic development and social welfare that we had laid out in a new stage," he said.