The President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, and the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, launched the “COVID-19 Rights Repository” (CAP), a platform that allows sharing data, knowledge, intellectual property and facilitating equitable access to health products that will save lives against COVID-19.
The WHO and Costa Rica organized the launch event this Friday, which began with a high-level session led by the WHO Director-General and President Alvarado.
The activity was attended by the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley; the Norwegian secretary of state, Aksel Jacobsen; Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize in Economics; Dr. Jacques Dubochet, Nobel Prize in Chemistry, as well as other leaders from the UN, academia, industry and civil society who came together for a moderate discussion.
“The COVID-19 Rights Repository will accelerate the pace of science while guaranteeing benefits to all humanity,” said Alvarado, noting that “vaccines, tests, diagnoses and other key tools in the response to the coronavirus must be available universally as global public goods. “
“Global solidarity is essential to overcome this pandemic,” said the WHO Director-General. “Based on solid science and open collaboration, this information sharing platform will help provide equitable access to life-saving technologies worldwide,” added Dr. Tedros.
Alvarado thanked the public and private sector for their contributions. In particular, he mentioned the University of Costa Rica, especially for the plasma of convalescent patients for the treatment of people in severe and critical states of infection, and the Technologist of Costa Rica, for the development of N95 type masks, the design of covers. for Red Cross ambulance stretchers and the pneumatically operated mechanical fan.
COVID-19 Rights Repository (CAP)
It is based on the understanding that countries will become safer by sharing and building on each other’s research. This voluntary repository is designed to counter the monopolization of knowledge about COVID-19 by any entity.
The exchange of intellectual property allows for faster development in these times of crisis. By removing barriers to knowledge sharing, the COVID-19 suite will enhance and enhance open research, product development, and manufacturing. As a result, it will accelerate the global availability of effective virus technologies, helping to ensure broad and equitable access.
Call for Solidarity Action
WHO and Costa Rica have also issued a “Call for Solidarity Action” asking WHO member states, partners and stakeholders to join and support the initiative through the link: https://www.who.int / emergencies / diseases / novel-coronavirus-2019 / global-research-on-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov / covid-19-technology-access-pool / solidarity-call-to-action /
After praising the initiative, the representative of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO / WHO) in Costa Rica, Dr. María Dolores Pérez-Rosales, expressed: “I am convinced that this call for solidarity to the knowledge, intellectual property and The information resulting from all COVID-19 related research is affordable and available without restriction of any kind, will have a positive impact on the global fight against the pandemic and; in general, in access to universal health as a premise to assert everyone’s right to health and leave no one behind, “he said.
First conceptualized and proposed by Costa Rica, CAP now has the support of the following countries: Argentina, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bhutan, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Honduras, Indonesia, Lebanon, Luxembourg , Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Norway, Oman, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Peru, Portugal, the Dominican Republic, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Timor-Leste, Uruguay, Zimbabwe.