WHO, WIPO, WTO trilateral cooperation to tackle COVID-19 pandemic

WHO, WIPO, WTO trilateral cooperation to tackle COVID-19 pandemic

The World Health Organization (WHO), World Intellectual Property Organization(WIPO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO), collaborated to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and global challenges in the field of public health, intellectual property and trade.

The three agencies pledged to bring complete expertise and resources of their respective institutions in ending the COVID-19 pandemic and improving the health and well-being of all people and committed to universal, equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics, and other health technologies.

The WHO-WIPO-WTO Trilateral Cooperation aims to support countries in meeting their public health challenges by two specific initiatives.

First, being the organization of capacity-building workshops to strengthen the capacity of policymakers and experts in member governments to address the pandemic accordingly. The first workshop in the series will be on technology transfer and licensing, scheduled for September. It will help members update their knowledge and understanding of how intellectual property, know-how and technology transfer work in actuality. This would be in the context of medical technologies and related products and services.

Secondly, implementation of a joint platform for tripartite technical assistance to support countries to assess and prioritize unmet needs for COVID-19 vaccines, medicines, technologies, and provide tailored technical assistance in making full use of all available options to access vaccines, medicines and technologies.

Along with these two initiatives, the three agencies of UN would also provide updated, inclusive data containing periodical update of the overview of COVID 19-related measures that are mapped in a key resource for trilateral cooperation, the WHO-WIPO-WTO publication ‘Promoting Access to Medical Technologies and Innovation: Intersections between public health, intellectual property and trade’.