WHO, partners launch COVID-19 Technology Access Pool

Added On May 31, 2020

The World Health Organization, Costa Rica and other partners have launched a COVID-19 Technology Access Pool, an initiative aimed at making vaccines, tests, treatments and other health technologies to fight COVID-19 accessible to all.

The WHO said the Pool was first proposed in March by Costa Rica and so far has been supported by over 30 countries and multiple international partners and institutions.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the COVID-19 Technology Access Pool, or C-TAP, is a sister initiative of the ACT Accelerator, another plan that WHO and partners launched a month ago to speed up the development, production and equitable distribution of vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics for COVID-19.
Tedros said, through C-TAP, they are inviting companies or governments to contribute the patent to the Pool, which would then sub-license the patent to generic manufacturers.
He added that the WHO recognizes the important role that patents play in fueling innovation, but this is a time when people must take priority. Tools to prevent, detect and treat COVID-19 are global public goods that must be accessible by all people.