[Ip-health] President and Minister of Health of Costa Rica ask WHO to create global pool for rights in COVID-19 related technologies

James Love james.love at keionline.org
Mon Mar 23 16:48:56 PDT 2020


https://www.keionline.org/32556

President and Minister of Health of Costa Rica ask WHO to create global
pool for rights in COVID-19 related technologies

March 23, 2020

A letter from Costa Rica, signed by Carlos Alarado Quesada, the President,
and Dr. Daniel Salas Peraza, the Minister of Health, to Dr. Tedros Adhanom
Ghebreyesus, was sent this evening to the World Health Organization (WHO),
asking for a global program to “pool rights to technologies that are useful
for the detection, prevention, control and treatment of the COVID-19
pandemic.”

Costa Rica proposes the pool “should include existing and future rights in
patented inventions and designs, as well as rights in regulatory test data,
know- how, cell lines, copyrights and blueprints for manufacturing
diagnostic tests, devices, drugs, or vaccines. It should provide for free
access or licensing on reasonable and affordable terms, in every member
country.”

This is a very important proposal, and WHO member states and those
concerned about the pandemic should show strong support. The implementation
will require substantial work, but this is exactly the right way to frame
the issue and the necessary first step.

The letter follows.

President-MoH-Costa-Rica-Dr-Tedros-WHO24March2020

San José, 23 de marzo de 2020
DP-P-024-2020

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Director-General
World Health Organization

Dear Dr. Tedros,

Costa Rica in the spirit of contributing to global actions to fight the
pandemic, respectfully requests to the World Health Organization (WHO) to
undertake an effort to pool rights to technologies that are useful for the
detection, prevention, control and treatment of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This pool, which will involve voluntary assignments, should include
existing and future rights in patented inventions and designs, as well
rights in regulatory test data, know- how, cell lines, copyrights and
blueprints for manufacturing diagnostic tests, devices, drugs, or vaccines.
It should provide for free access or licensing on reasonable and affordable
terms, in every member country.

Given the urgency of this matter, Costa Rica proposes that the WHO develop
an initial concise memorandum of understanding on the intent to share
rights in technologies funded by the public sector and other relevant
actors, and reach out to WHO Member States, non-profit institutions,
industry and others, to sign such an MoU. The specific technologies and the
terms of the assignments can be determined later, in the implementation
stage of the pool, in consultation with R&D funders and rights holders.

We also ask that the Global Observatory on Health R&D create a database of
R&D activity related to COVID-19, including estimates of the costs of
clinical trials, and the subsidies provided by governments and charities.

Sincerely yours,
CARLOS ALVARADO QUESADA, Presidente de la República
DANIEL SALAS PERAZA, Ministro de Salud

cc.
Dr. Michael Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme,
World Health Organization
Dr. Bernhard Schwartländer, Chef de Cabinet, World Health Organization
Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist, World Health Organization
Dr Mariângela Batista Galvão Simão, Assistant Director-General, Access to
Medicines and Health Products
Derek Walton, Legal Counsel, World Health Organization
Steven Solomon, Principal Legal Officer, World Health Organization
Dra. Carisse F. Etienne, Director, Panamerican Health Organization / WHO

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