24 March 2020 – Letter sent to WHO suggesting COVID-19 IP pool be established

Type of Intervention: Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Health
Intervention Categories: International relations
Level of Jurisdiction: Supranational
Lead People/Agency: The President and the Minister of Health

Overview: The President and the Minister of Health sent a proposal to Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), suggesting that access to and use of intellectual property for technologies to detect, prevent, control and treat the COVID-19 pandemic be provided.The letter put forward the creation of a repository of existing knowledge related to diagnostic tests, devices, drugs or vaccines, which would be available in the form of patents, both granted and in process; test data provided to regulatory authorities, expert knowledge, cell lines (cell cultures), copyrights and designs for the manufacture of diagnostic tests, devices, drugs or vaccines. The aim is to guarantee their free access and use by member countries.
Full details here: https://www.presidencia.go.cr/comunicados/2020/03/costa-rica-submits-proposal-for-who-to-facilitate-access-to-technologies-to-combat-covid-19/

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Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – government