I am a Biochemist. Mostly interested in Cancer, but we are now trying to see if the metabolic pathway we target would be relevant for Covid-19.
Has been considered non essential on the short term.
Cuts in the research and development budget of a company are painless and save money... on the short term.
There were cuts at the national level in medical research in France too.
On the long term though... may be you'll need us.
Even then, for now, I must confess that the people I would love to have now as neighbors would not be scientists but : 1) farmers 2) doctors. 3) someone able to fix anything.