Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) are one of the most powerful tools in modern medicine. From cancer to COVID-19, they are being developed to treat many different diseases. However, most of the world’s population don’t have access to them.
This report sets out a roadmap to making these lifesaving treatments affordable and available, particularly to those living in low- and middle-income countries.
Ensuring equitable access to monoclonal antibodies requires four parallel commitments:
Jeremy Farrar, Director of Wellcome"This report sets out an achievable roadmap of actions to make equitable access to antibody therapies a reality, but global collaboration is paramount through new policy, business models and innovation. In the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is even more critical to take lessons from this report and break down barriers to accessing these life-saving tools. We must ensure that any potential advances to treat COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies are made equally accessible around the world, without exceptions."