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Costa Rica proposes to the WHO to facilitate access conditions to technologies to combat COVID-19

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The President of the Republic, Carlos Alvarado, and the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, sent a letter to Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), in which they propose facilitating access and use of the intellectual property of technologies to detect, prevent, control and treat the COVID-19 pandemic.

The letter proposes to create a repository of existing knowledge related to diagnostic tests, devices, medications or vaccines, which is available in the form of granted and pending patents, test data submitted to regulatory authorities, expert knowledge, cell lines (cell cultures ), copyrights and designs for the manufacture of diagnostic tests, devices, medications or vaccines, with the aim of giving free access or facilitating their access and use to member countries.

The Costa Rican government is proposing to the WHO “to develop a concise memorandum of understanding with the intention of inviting non-profit institutions, industry and other relevant actors from the WHO member states to sign said memorandum and enable these mechanisms for the exchange and use of information.

“This request is part of the arduous effort and inter-institutional work that we have been doing from Costa Rica. We know that extraordinary work is required from all member states, but we have already shown that we are capable of always giving more, ”said President Alvarado.

The letter ends by requesting the creation of a database, by the Global Observatory on Health Research and Development, about research and development activities related to COVID-19, including estimates of the costs of clinical trials and grants provided by governments and charitable associations.

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