Special Session of the World Health Assembly: Statement of Knowledge Ecology International

On Tuesday, 30 November 2021, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) delivered the following statement during the special session of the World Health Assembly.

Negotiators should address policy failures that have accompanied the current pandemic response, and create a better global framework for cooperation, including the sharing of rights and know-how from government funded technologies, mandatory intellectual property exceptions, global norms for financing R&D in both the preparatory and crisis stages, and concrete obligations for transparency. The funding and management of clinical trials should be reformed so that the public has transparent and unbiased information on the relative effectiveness and safety of countermeasures. Regulatory pathways need to be more efficient in responding to emergencies.