Clear path for approval
New products must receive regulatory approval before they are made available. This process can take a long time, but is crucial for making sure new vaccines, diagnostics and treatments for COVID-19 are safe and effective.
To be able to respond to the outbreak quickly, product developers, regulators and other relevant bodies must engage with each other early on to set out a clear path, from development to approval. This is particularly important for vaccines being developed using innovative platform technologies which have not previously been used to develop a licensed vaccine.
Scaling up manufacturing and distribution
The global reach of the virus means that most countries will need vaccines, diagnostics and treatments to stop the outbreak.
To meet this demand, product developers and partners need to start working now to secure the resources, expertise and partnerships necessary to scale up manufacturing capacity. And the global community needs to work out what a fair system for distributing these products should look like.
Affordable products for all countries
The COVID-19 pandemic affects most countries worldwide, including those that already have weak health systems and limited resources to tackle the outbreak.
It is critical that pricing mechanisms for new products are developed in a way that ensures vaccines, diagnostics and treatments are available to all those affected, regardless of their ability to pay. At the same time, sustainable pricing should enable developers to continue to support the COVID-19 research effort for as long as needed.
Long-term investment in research underpins equitable access – if new products are not developed, or those that are cannot be produced at scale, they will not reach the people who need them.