The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, today expressed categorical support for the global initiative launched by Costa Rica to deal with the pandemic by Covid-19.
“I also want to thank the President of Costa Rica, President Carlos Alvarado, and the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, for their proposal to create a set of rights for tests, medicines and vaccines, with free access or licenses on reasonable and affordable terms. for all countries. Thank you very much, Mr. President, said today the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
“I support this proposal and we are working with Costa Rica to finalize the details,” added the world leader, evaluating the initiative of President Carlos Alvarado and expressing his support.
“The poorest countries and fragile economies will face the greatest shock from this pandemic, and leaving anyone unprotected will only prolong the health crisis and further harm economies,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in tune with the appeal made by Costa Rica.
In this regard, he said: “I ask all countries, companies and research institutions to support open data, open science and open collaboration so that all people can enjoy the benefits of science and research.”
On March 24, President Carlos Alvarado and the Minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Salas, took the initiative before the WHO to create an information repository with free access or licensing under reasonable conditions and in affordable terms to diagnostic tests, devices , medicines or vaccines, in all the member countries of the Organization.
The proposal urges WHO to develop a memorandum of understanding to share this technology, and promote its implementation with financial input from the public, private and international organizations.
It proposes to create a repository of existing knowledge related to diagnostic tests, devices, drugs 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 access and use to member countries.
The Costa Rican government proposed to the WHO to develop a concise 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. .