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WHO supports Costa Rica's COVID-19 plan to share technologies

By IDeas trademarks & patents - 08/04/2020
WHO supports Costa Rica's COVID-19 plan to share technologies

The World Health Organization (WHO) Director General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, backed up Costa Rica’s proposal to create a voluntary pool to collect patent rights, regulatory test data and other information that could be shared for developing drugs, vaccines and diagnostics amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I want to thank the President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, and the Health Minister, Daniel Salas, for their proposal to create a pool of rights to tests, medicines and vaccines, with free access or licensing on reasonable and affordable terms for all countries,” said Adhanom Ghebreyesus during a media briefing on COVID-19 on April 6, 2020.

“I support this proposal, and we are working with Costa Rica to finalize the details. Poorer countries and fragile economies stand to face the biggest shock from this pandemic, and leaving anyone unprotected will only prolong the health crisis and harm economies more. I call on all countries, companies and research institutions to support open data, open science and open collaboration so that all people can enjoy the benefits of science and research,” Adhanom Ghebreyesus added.

In a March 23, 2020, letter to the WHO, the Costa Rican government asked to develop an initial concise memorandum of understanding on sharing technologies funded by the public sector and other institutions.
 

By IDeas trademarks & patents - 08/04/2020
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