After many years of meetings between students and university administrators, seven American universities—including heavyweights Harvard and Yale—have issued a statement that lays out strategies for promoting global access to medicines.
The statement has been endorsed by Harvard University, Yale University, Boston University, Brown University, the Oregon Health and Science University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as by AUTM and the NIH.
This, my friends, is amazing! Until recently, only four universities worldwide had committed to any kind of global access principles (Berkeley, UBC, Emory, Edinburgh). This month, the number has almost tripled!
- Read “The Statement of Principles and Strategies for the Equitable Dissemination of Medical Technologies“
- Read what UAEM student leaders in the US have to say about the Statement: they welcome the statement and consider it a “big victory”, but do have some significant reservations—especially about Brazil, Russia, India and China being considered exceptions.
UBC already has its own statement of principles, but this new statement is more explicit when it comes to strategy. So UBC is considering signing on as well, but first, they want to hear what you think! Should UBC sign on to the statement? Comments are open until December 15.