The CoVid-19 outbreak threatens the lives and health of hundreds of thousands of people, and affects the everyday lives of millions. The scientific communities of the CERN Member States, Associate Member States and partners are now mobilising their efforts in their national laboratories, especially at light sources, to maintain operations to help develop a cure. During this first remote meeting of the CERN Council, our thoughts go out to all those who have suffered or are suffering directly as a consequence of the coronavirus. We have particular admiration for those in the medical profession around the world who are so selflessly putting themselves in the front-line of this battle. As host to a global community, CERN is particularly sensitive to the evolution of the pandemic. Most of the countries affected by CoVid-19 have links to CERN, and we are thinking of all those touched by the virus at this time.