MPP’s contribution to the global response to COVID-19
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From the outset of the COVID-19 outbreak, MPP realised that equitable access to treatments would be essential in the fight against this global threat. MPP issued a statement on 5 February 2020 offering its expertise to support access to treatment through its voluntary licensing mechanism in low- and middle- income countries.
On 31 March 2020, MPP’s Board decided to expand MPP’s mandate to include any health technology that could contribute to the global response to COVID-19 and where licensing could facilitate innovation and accelerate access.
In November 2021, Pfizer and the Medicines Patent Pool signed a licence agreement to facilitate affordable access of Pfizer’s oral COVID-19 antiviral treatment candidate PF-07321332 in combination with low dose ritonavir in 95 countries.
On 21 September 2021, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) announced the selection of two centres in Argentina and Brazil for the development and production of mRNA-based vaccines in Latin America. MPP will be actively supporting this initiative through its expertise
On 27 May 2021, MPP expanded its mandate into the licensing of technology with an initial focus on COVID-19 vaccines and pandemic preparedness.
MPP is currently in discussions with a number of originator companies and research organisations for potential licences for COVID-19 health technologies, including with MSD for a potential licence for molnupiravir.
MPP’s experience in facilitating access through its voluntary licensing mechanism means that it could play a central role in applying its intellectual property and licensing expertise to patented products and technologies identified in the fight against COVID-19 to facilitate availability to those who need them most.
[Travel report] MPP site visit to formalise discussions around the creation of the mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub in South Africa
At the invitation of the World Health Organization and with the support of the Department of Science and Innovation of South Africa, representatives from the Medicines Patent Pool and other local and international partners of a consortium working to address the global imbalance of manufacturing capacity for COVID-19 vaccines met from 6-9 September 2021 to discuss next steps in establishing the South African mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub that will allow for greater and more diversified vaccines manufacturing capability, strengthen African regional health security and respond more equitably to the current COVID-19 pandemic and future pandemics. They also visited the Afrigen and Biovac facilities to validate conformity, compliance and alignement with the Hub concept.Read a summary of the visit