C-TAP Current Affairs - 2020

WHO launches COVID-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP)

The Costa Rica and World Health Organization have launched C-TAP. C-TAP is COVID-19 Technology Access Pool.

Highlights

The C-TAP will act as an one-stop shop for information, scientific knowledge and intellectual property for global community. Around 30 countries, institutions and international partners have signed to support C-TAP. It is an initiative that aims to make vaccines, tests, health technologies and treatments.

Background

The initiative was proposed by President of Costa Rica Mr Carlos Alvarado. The initiative will help to hasten the discovery of medicines, vaccines and other technologies that will help cure COVID-19.

Five Key Elements of the Pool

The five main elements of the pool include

  • public disclosure of gene sequences and data
  • governments and other funders that are encouraged to fund agreements with pharmaceutical companies
  • licensing potential vaccine
  • diagnostic treatment and other health technologies
  • promote innovative models.