WHO Announces Covid-19 Technology Access Pool to Democratize Virus Research

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  • Dr. Tedros Adhanom-Ghebreyesus of the World Health Organization announced the launch of the #Covid19 Technology Access Pool or “C-TAP,” an initiative to help achieve “equitable access” to virus defense resources.

    He listed 5 priorities for the initiative:
    1. Public disclosure of gene sequencing research
    2. Public disclosure of all clinical trial results
    3. Encouraging equitable distribution of trial data between governments, research funders, and pharmaceutical companies
    4. Licensing treatments and vaccines to large and small producers
    5. Promoting open innovation models and technology transfer to increase local manufacturing and supply capacity

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