Coronavirus: Technology

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 23rd November 2020.

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Photo of Dan Carden Dan Carden Labour, Liverpool, Walton

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the proposal from the President and Minister of Health of Costa Rica for the World Health Organisation to create a global pool for rights in covid-19 related technologies for the detection, prevention, control and treatment of covid-19.

Photo of Wendy Morton Wendy Morton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

As details of the COVID-19 technology access pool (C-TAP) now emerge from the World Health Organisation, we will identify if C-TAP could add value to existing wider innovation and access infrastructure, such as the Medicines Patent Pool, which we helped set up 10 years ago.

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