29 May 2020 – Covid-19 Repository platform launched to share data, knowledge, and IP

Type of Intervention: New Tool / Service / Body, Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Foreign Affairs, Health
Intervention Categories: Legal and policy; New initiatives; International relations
Level of Jurisdiction: Supranational
Lead People/Agency: President of Costa Rica and the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO)

Overview: Costa Rica and the World Health Organization launched the “COVID-19 Repository”. The President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, and the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, launched the “COVID-19 Rights Repository ”(CAP), a platform that allows sharing data, knowledge, and intellectual property while facilitating equitable access to health products that will save lives. WHO and Costa Rica organised the launch event, which began with a high-level session led by the WHO Director-General and President Alvarado. The platform is based on the understanding that countries will become safer by sharing and building on each other’s research. This voluntary repository is designed to counter the monopolisation of knowledge about COVID-19 by any entity.
Full details here: https://www.presidencia.go.cr/comunicados/2020/05/37-paises-y-2-premios-nobel-se-unen-a-iniciativa-de-costa-rica-y-oms/

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Advice of EXTERNAL expert advisor or advisory committee
Source of Evidence or Justification: World Health Organisation, National – academic, National – government
Evidence/Justification: This was a diplomatic effort from Costa Rica