[Ip-health] Public Citizen statement on WHO technology pool announcement
pfehlner at revisiontx.com
Sat May 30 10:28:09 PDT 2020
Scapegoating in the middle of a crisis exacerbates the crisis. The Trump model is not to be followed. Indeed, the administrations positions validate the potential impact of the COVID-19 technology pool, and at the very least demonstrate its urgency. Some entities may believe their ability is greater than the sum of the world’s ability and accordingly demur from joining the pool. That is no reason to abandon the pool, no matter how weighty the holdout. On the contrary, refusal of a country like the US to join the pool only increases urgency. One entity can only contribute a small amount to the pool of information relative to the whole, one holdout will only impede progress a little. A holdout, especially an important one, makes it that much more important for the rest of the world to pool information and overcome the impediment of the withheld data.
President & CEO
reVision Therapeutics, Inc.
pfehlner at revisiontx.com
> On May 29, 2020, at 1:37 PM, Steve Knievel <sknievel at citizen.org> wrote:
> Trump, It’s Time to Jump in the Pool
> Statement of Peter Maybarduk, Director, Public Citizen’s Access to Medicines Program
> For Immediate Release:
> May 29, 2020
> Contact: Mike Stankiewicz, mstankiewicz at citizen.org, (202) 588-7779
> Angela Bradbery, abradbery at citizen.org, (202) 588-7741
> Note: World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and various heads of state today announced the “WHO Solidarity Call to Action: To realize equitable global access to COVID-19 health technologies through pooling of knowledge, intellectual property and data,” or the COVID-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP). The announcement comes after months of efforts from governments and civil society to create a global mechanism through which COVID-19 patents, cell lines and other technologies and data can be shared to accelerate research and development, facilitate global access and promote fair and equitable access to diagnostics, treatments and vaccines.
> Rarely before has there been a time that more greatly warranted global cooperation to solve a pressing problem that threatens the lives of people throughout the world.
> The WHO’s knowledge sharing pool has the potential to bring the world better medical technologies to combat COVID-19 faster, through sharing and solidarity.
> If the U.S. participates, it could help lead the world out of the pandemic. The U.S. should commit to sharing and participating in the pool immediately.
> But thus far, President Donald Trump has continuously attempted to distract from his catastrophic failures, which have led to the deaths of more than 100,000 Americans, by scapegoating the WHO.
> In a pandemic, America First puts everyone last. Trump’s obstinate refusal to work with the WHO is shortsighted, misguided and only exposes people in the U.S. to greater peril.
> Steven Knievel
> Access to Medicines Advocate
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