WHO, 37 countries launch alliance to battle COVID-19

WHO, 37 countries launch alliance to battle COVID-19

In another global development against the deadly virus, 37 countries and the World Health Organization (WHO) today appealed for common ownership of vaccines, medicines and diagnostic tools to tackle the global coronavirus pandemic, taking aim at patent laws they fear could become a barrier to sharing crucial supplies, said a Reuters report.

Pushed by mostly developing nations, the COVID-19 Technology Access Pool, as they reportedly fear that rich countries pumping resources into finding vaccines - more than 100 are in development - will muscle their way to the front of the queue, once a candidate succeeds.

The effort, originally proposed in March, aims to provide a one-stop-shop for scientific knowledge, data and intellectual property amid a pandemic that has infected more than 5.8 million people and killed more than 360,000. The WHO issued a "Solidarity Call to Action", asking other stakeholders to join the voluntary push.