International regulators and WHO join forces to address COVID-19 challenges
“The world is looking at international regulators and WHO to safeguard public health and to coordinate agile regulatory approaches to the COVID-19 response,” said Professor Guido Rasi, Chair of ICMRA and EMA’s Executive Director. “ICMRA and WHO work closely together to jointly address the challenges related to the development, authorisation and roll-out of safe and effective medicines and vaccines against COVID-19.”
In their joint statement, international medicines regulators and WHO reiterate that therapeutics and vaccines against COVID-19 can only be rapidly approved if applications are supported by robust and sound scientific evidence that allows medicine regulators to conclude on a positive benefit-risk balance for these products. ICMRA and WHO also pledge to take concrete actions to ensure equitable access to safe, effective and quality-assured medicines for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19 around the world.