Written by: Xuân Phi, 7/3/2022
Supported by: Ex-BC Examiner, 8/3/2022
Question: Some people think scientific research should focus on solving world health problems. Others think that there are more important issues. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
(IELTS Academic – 3/3/2022)
It is argued that scientific research should be devoted to addressing global health issues, but there are some who contend that there are more pressing problems to focus on. This essay discusses both sides of this argument and why I partially agree with the latter opinion.
To begin with, some argue it is important that adequate attention is given to solving global health issues. Currently, there are many people who are finding it difficult to afford medicine to be protected from diseases. To address this, scientists could strive to devise new and more affordable alternatives so that those people can live healthily in the long-term. This is evident with the Hepatitis B vaccine, as prior to its invention medication for treating the virus was expensive. However, once the vaccine was presented as a more affordable option, more people were then administered the vaccine and the infection rate had decreased by a considerable margin.
However, others argue that there are other issues that are more deserving of attention from scientific research. One of them is global famine, as there are some regions in the world that are suffering from crop shortages due to numerous factors such as poor soil quality and pests. Therefore, scientific research could be devoted to creating new genetically-modified crops that could withstand harsh conditions. Another critical issue is global warming, as it could pose a greater threat to all life on Earth than most plights on global health. Hence, scientific research could be valuable in finding the causes of it as well as relevant solutions to curb the effects of it.
In conclusion, I agree that while it is important that scientific research should be dedicated to solving global health problems, there are more critical issues that need to be addressed such as reducing famine and mitigating global warming.
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|More pressing problems
Nhiều vấn đề cấp bách hơn
|Sự quan tâm đầy đủ
|To find it difficult for sth
Cảm thấy cái gì đó khó khăn
Protected from diseases
|Được bảo vệ khỏi bệnh tật
|New and more affordable alternatives
Các lựa chọn thay thế mới và rẻ hơn
|To administer a vaccine
Tiêm vắc xin
By a considerable margin
|Bằng một khoảng đáng kể
|More deserving of attention
Đáng được quan tâm hơn
To suffer from crop shortages
|Chịu sự thiếu hụt thu hoạch từ mùa vụ
|Withstand harsh conditions
Chịu được các điều kiện khắc nghiệt
Plights on global health
Vấn đề nguy hiểm ảnh hưởng tới sức khỏe toàn cầu