The World Health Assembly (WHA), the annual meeting of the world’s health ministers, is taking place virtually for the first time on 18 May 2020.
MSF developed a briefing document to provide background information for decision-makers regarding the COVID-19 agenda item at the 73rd WHA. MSF recommends the following actions to ensure access and equitable allocation of COVID-19 medical tools:
- Adopt binding and enforceable measures
- Encourage Member States to explore and use fully the existing policy and legal measures, including flexibilities under the TRIPS Agreement and the Doha Declaration on TRIPS and Public Health
- Ensure full transparency of all R&D funding agreements with explicit and binding obligations