As the 2020 World Health Assembly re-convenes in Geneva, an international coalition of think tanks urges governments to commit to simple reforms to accelerate access to medicines, including those in the process of being developed for Covid-19.
The WHO has a crucial role in coordinating the global response to pandemics and health emergencies, but this important work is undermined by strategic incoherence and an ideological approach to policymaking.
Somos una coalición internacional de institutos de investigación de políticas públicas y grupos de reflexión que cree que la colaboración, el comercio libre y la innovación son cruciales para la respuesta al Covid-19.
The biggest Covid-related killer might not be the coronavirus. In many countries, disruption to regular immunization programmes means that easily preventable but potentially fatal diseases such as measles, diphtheria and polio are regaining a foothold.
La demanda sin precedentes por parte de hospitales que están almacenando medicamentos básicos ha causado escasez y aumento de precios a nivel mundial.
The patent system in the US and the EU is not rewarding complex research into treatments for a host of prevalent diseases and conditions, and reforms are going in the wrong direction, says Erika Lietzan of the University of Missouri School of Law.
Traditional rivals within the life sciences industry have pledged to cooperate by sharing data, patent libraries, and, if necessary, manufacturing capacity.
La pandemia de Covid-19 ha resaltado la importancia de la atención médica ordinaria que muchas veces damos por sentado.
While researchers in universities and private-sector laboratories work round-the-clock for new treatments and vaccines for Covid-19, physicians rely on a broad cabinet of older medicines to help patients through their darkest hour.