Published Monday, April 19, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
In the virtual meeting before the United Nations Economic and Social Council, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rodolfo Solano, made a call to democratize the information on the production of vaccines against covid-19.
In the virtual meeting, representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Council members participated with the goal of finding solutions to the problem of production and equitable distribution of vaccines.
In May 2020, together with the World Health Organization, the C- TAP plan was launched, to establish a platform for the exchange of information, knowledge and essential health technologies for the prevention and treatment in case of a pandemic.
The plan is to accelerate the development and production of treatment to eradicate covid-19 as well as guaranteeing global access to the vaccines.
"Sharing information, knowledge, data and other resources is a powerful way to accelerate product development and avoid unnecessary duplication of efforts arising from the absence of such sharing," Solano said.
According to the ministry, many governments believe in the implementation of the covid-19 Technology Access Pool, CTAP, to increase the production of vaccines and other treatments in response to the pandemic, "and to solve the growing and shameful inequity in vaccination," Solano said.
According to Solano, the populations of impoverished countries suffer from the absence or extreme lack of vaccination programs that could save their citizen's lives. Of these countries, "it is estimated that a high percentage will remain outside the coverage of vaccination programs, at the end in 2021,” he said.
Increasing capacities for the production, equitable distribution and affordability of the vaccine implies a huge investment that exceeds the possibilities of countries that already had fiscal problems before the pandemic, the ministry said in its statement.
The covid-19 Technology Access Pool launched by WHO in partnership with 40 Member State co-sponsors with the Solidarity Call to Action, has called to action the global community to voluntarily share knowledge, intellectual property and data necessary for covid-19.
According to WHO, the C-TAP is intended to provide a means to accelerate the development of products needed to fight covid-19 as well as to accelerate the scale-up of manufacturing and the removal of barriers to access in order to make products available globally.
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