The coronavirus pandemic presents an opportunity for the human family to act in solidarity and turn this crisis into an impetus to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.[1]


  • On the 31 March 2020, the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) temporarily expanded its mandate to include any health technology that could contribute to the global response to COVID-19.
  • 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.

From the outset of the COVID-19 outbreak, MPP realised that equitable access to medicines and treatments would be essential in the fight against this global threat. MPP issued a statement on the 5 February 2020 saying that we stand ready to help in any way.

On the 31 March 2020, MPP’s Board decided to temporarily 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 access.

MPP understands that broad and affordable access to future health technologies that could be important for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 will be critical everywhere in the world, and that it is essential to think about the best approaches to make that possible collectively.

MPP is already gathering patent knowledge for products being used in clinical trials and making it available on its patents and licences database, MedsPaL. Already included in the database: remdesivir, lopinavir/ritonavir, favipiravir, ruxolitinib; and the following biologics: tocilizumab, sarilumab and siltuximab.

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[1] UN working to fight COVID-19 and achieve Global Goals, United Nations

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