WHO, 35 countries launch COVID-19 Technology Access Pool or C-TAP to share scientific data and beat coronavirus

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COVID-19, the potentially deadly respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, is a global problem that can only be solved by a global solution starting with sharing scientific data about the pandemic, the World Health Organization Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday.

Speaking at his regular press briefing from the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the launch of the COVID-19 Technology Access Pool, or C-TAP. The initiative was launched by the WHO, a group of 35 countries and numerous partners.

C-TAP, first proposed President Carlos Alvarado of Costa Rica, is a sister initiative of the ACT Accelerator, which offers concrete actions to achieve the objective of the ACT Accelerator, which is equitable access of information with focus on vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics.

There are five priorities for C-TAP that will allow the world to work together to defeat COVID-19. “First, public disclosure of gene sequencing research; Second, public disclosure of all clinical trial results; Third, encouraging governments and research funders to include clauses in contracts with pharmaceutical companies about equitable distribution and publication of trial data; Fourth, licensing treatments and vaccines to large and small producers; And fifth, promoting open innovation models and technology transfer that increase local manufacturing and supply capacity,” WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at his regular press briefing on Friday.

He said the tools to prevent, detect and treat COVID-19 are global public goods that should be accessible by all people.

“Science is giving us solutions, but to make those solutions work for everyone, we need solidarity,” he added.

Read his full remarks and explanation below delivered from Geneva on May 29, 2020, during the regular press briefing

President Alvarado,

Prime Minister Mottley,

Excellencies, dear colleagues and friends,

Since the beginning of the pandemic, science has been at the heart of WHO’s efforts to suppress transmission and save lives.

Science is moving with incredible speed. Almost every day there is more news about research into vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics.

But will all people benefit from these tools? Or will they become another reason people are left behind? These are the two most important questions.

A month ago, WHO and partners launched the ACT Accelerator, to speed up the development, production and equitable distribution of vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics for COVID-19.

Today we are joining 35 countries and numerous partners to launch the COVID-19 Technology Access Pool, or C-TAP.

C-TAP was first proposed by His Excellency President Carlos Alvarado of Costa Rica, and I’d like to thank His Excellency the President for his leadership and solidarity.

C-TAP is a sister initiative of the ACT Accelerator and offers concrete actions to achieve the objective of the ACT Accelerator, which is equitable access.

C-TAP has five priorities:

First, public disclosure of gene sequencing research;

Second, public disclosure of all clinical trial results;

Third, encouraging governments and research funders to include clauses in contracts with pharmaceutical companies about equitable distribution and publication of trial data;

Fourth, licensing treatments and vaccines to large and small producers;

And fifth, promoting open innovation models and technology transfer that increase local manufacturing and supply capacity.

Through C-TAP, we are inviting companies or governments that develop an effective therapeutic to contribute the patent to the Medicines Patent Pool, which would then sub-license the patent to generic manufacturers.

C-TAP is voluntary, and builds on the success of the Medicines Patent Pool in expanding access to treatments for HIV and hepatitis C.

WHO recognizes the important role that patents play in fuelling innovation.

But this is a time when people must take priority.

Tools to prevent, detect and treat COVID-19 are global public goods that be accessible by all people. Science is giving us solutions, but to make those solutions work for everyone, we need solidarity.

COVID-19 has highlighted the inequalities of our world. But it’s also offering us an opportunity to bridge those inequalities and build a fairer world – a world in which health is not a privilege for the few, but a common good.

Now it gives me enormous pleasure to introduce His Excellency Carlos Alvarado, the President of Costa Rica.

Muchas gracias, Presidente Alvarado, mi hermano. Mucho gusto por su liderazgo.

Thank you. Muchas gracias.

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1 COMMENT

  1. A new extension to WHo’s bloated bureaucracy, a bureaucracy that talks of science but has far more employed in financial services than world class medical scientist or in any way top class medical research facilities.
    It is but an aggregator of whatever data is given to them, and politics plays a huge part in deciding whose medicines or data will be used.
    WHO is the sugar pill given to smaller and poorer nations by worlds wealthiest to sell there goods through , a touchy feely welfare of wealthy pretending to care, while profiting and at same time ensuring entry into its memberships domestic policies.
    Data is static, an immobile point of stasis, there is no limit to data nor any real control over if good or bad, mountains of data that have to be mined, the slag takes as long to decide if relievent or not.
    The interpreters of data will make decisions not based upon own knowledge but of worlds outside imputs.
    Every quack and half quack will be writing papers on Covid, their incomes depend upon publishing, mainly presenting, papers for peer reviews.
    Unless WHO can gain access to a few of worlds top Computer, especially AI derived, powers, after all we are talking world wide and a possible 7 billions of possible victims of many race and differing genetic or environmental factors, all their grand talk will just be more worthless data cluttering the landscape.
    Each of Northern Hemisphere nations are busy researching on own and have multi avenues of opinions and in Capitalism the primary driving force is always the profit motive, and they pay worlds best minds to profit from.
    Sad to say but WHO has never been an effective Human Health Supporting organization except as a secondary distributor with no real audit as to effect per dollar towards alleviation except in older medical, measles mumps, chicken pox and still to this day peoples of Souther Hemisphere live with health conditions the same as their ancient ancestors.
    The very people that WHO was put in place to help.
    Info from secondary self interest groups needs to be sorted through very carefully, and only best and most effective data to be used.
    First off: Do they know where Covid comes from, all of the multiples of variations of various other virus compounds, and is there any real way to end it?
    You have to know your enemies strengths and weaknesses if you hope to defeat it, and you damn well better tell your people the truth of how vicious your enemy is.

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