Access to Health and Medical Research: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic
Faith O Aboyeji, Access to Health and Medical Research: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic (2020) 27 JLM 901-913
16 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2023
Date Written: February 1, 2020
The outbreak of COVID-19 in China and the resulting global pandemic have necessitated vigorous research into how this new virus works, how it can be cured and prevented, what kind of vaccine will work, and various other issues. To facilitate this research and enable quick scientific progress, rapid and immediate knowledge sharing among researchers globally became essential, including access to existing and new coronavirus-related research publications. This article discusses international responses to the need for immediate and rapid access to global health and medical research to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, and demonstrates how the exercise of copyright control restricts widespread access to knowledge, especially when published in journals. Ultimately, it recommends open access publishing as an effective way of circumventing copyright restrictions on health and medical research.
Keywords: copyright, COVID-19, health, medical research, open research, knowledge
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