473. The World Health Organization (WHO) takes this opportunity to highlight to the WTO Council for TRIPS some technical cooperation activities that took place since our last report to the Council.
474. A recent major development that may be of interest today, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is the Solidarity Call to Action and the establishment of the WHO COVID-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP). We know that no country is safe from COVID-19 until every country is safe.
475. To this effect, the Solidarity Call to Action urges the global community to voluntarily commit to undertaking urgently needed actions to advance the pooling of knowledge, intellectual property and data for key COVID-19 health-related technologies.
476. Specific actions are outlined for governments, researchers, funders, holders of knowledge, intellectual property or data to existing or new therapeutics, diagnostics and vaccines, to make voluntary commitments to facilitate their use in research, development, and manufacturing that would permit effective technology transfer and early access to key technologies for the detection, prevention, treatment and response of COVID-19.
477. C-TAP is as a complementary tool to other initiatives, such as the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) which is a ground-breaking global collaboration to accelerate development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines.
478. The Seventy-third World Health Assembly called to work collaboratively at all levels to develop, test, and scale-up production of safe, effective, quality, affordable diagnostics, therapeutics, medicines and vaccines for the COVID-19 response, including, existing mechanisms for voluntary pooling and licensing of patents to facilitate timely, equitable and affordable access to them.
479. WHO reaffirms its commitment to support Countries through our technical cooperation activities derived from the Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property (GSPA-PHI). WHO collaborates closely with WTO and other relevant international organizations to provide technical assistance on topics related to the interface between public health, innovation, intellectual property and trade, including the use of TRIPS flexibilities for public health.
480. In relation to the second edition of the Trilateral Study on Promoting Access to Medical Technologies and Innovation, we would like to draw your attention to the COVID-19 insert which provides a factual overview of measures taken to address the ongoing pandemic. This section includes references to important initiatives that both developing and developed country Members and International Organizations are undertaking in relation to intellectual property laws and policies to promote innovation and access to health.
481. More ample information on WHO's technical cooperation activities in relation to IP and health can be found in document IP/C/R/TC/WHO/1. We would be glad to answer any questions delegations may have regarding these activities.