[Ip-health] WHA73: Oral statement of Knowledge Ecology International – 11.9 – Global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Thu Nov 12 03:55:11 PST 2020


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WHA73: Oral statement of Knowledge Ecology International – 11.9 – Global
strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual
property

KEI is an accredited non-state actor at the World Health Organization
(WHO). This was the oral statement we delivered during the resumed session
of the WHA 73 in November 2020. Our statement focused on agenda item 11.9 –
Global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and
intellectual property.

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Oral statement of Knowledge Ecology International

12 November 2020

Lofty rhetoric on global public goods and solidarity in the COVID-19
response has not been matched by concrete action on the sharing of know-how
and intellectual property rights to facilitate deep technology transfer.

WHO’s COVID-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP) should request in writing
that funders of COVID-19 R&D including in particular, governments and
philanthropies, include language in contracts and use their financial
leverage to enable the sharing of know-how, cell lines and rights in data
and patents, for COVID-19 related technologies.

There should be no monopolies on patents, regulatory exclusivities, data or
know-how in this pandemic. All relevant technology for COVID-19 products
should be available either free or openly licensed with non-discriminatory,
reasonable and affordable royalties.

-- 
Thiru Balasubramaniam
Geneva Representative
Knowledge Ecology International
41 22 791 6727
thiru at keionline.org


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