Master Alliance Provisions Guide (MAPGuide)

MAPGuide Commentaries and Analysis

In this section you will find blog posts discussing issues, provisions and agreements found in the MAPGuide. This section will be regularly updated with new content.

Creating Successful Stewardship and Access Plans

Stewardship and access plans can play an important role in achieving equitable access to medical product innovations. Global health funders often include requirements for such plans in their access policies and/or through contractual obligations in product development agreements. However, it can be difficult to understand the key building blocks of an effective stewardship and access plan.

Liability and Indemnification Provisions in COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Agreements

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, national governments and pan-national organizations have sought to secure access to vaccine doses even before vaccines have received marketing authorization. In these unusual circumstances, the relative leverage between the vaccine supplier and the purchaser can be altered. One area where this is particularly evident is in liability and indemnification provisions.

Funder Approaches to Equitable Access

This section provides links to equitable access resources developed by several R&D funders. The information in these documents helps users to gain a better understanding of the challenges surrounding equitable access and how funders may seek to achieve their access objectives. In particular, the resources give examples and explanations of the ways in which equitable access requirements may be addressed in funding agreements.


Stewardship & Access Plan Development Guide

This document provides guidance for developers of therapeutics, diagnostics and preventatives. It outlines CARB-X’s expectations of product developers regarding stewardship & access plans, and aims to inspire other organizations to develop and act upon their own access principles.


Global Access Statement & Humanitarian License

This statement provides an explanation of the concept of global access and sets out some of the requirements that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation may make of its grantees. Standard global access commitment and humanitarian licence clauses are provided in the Humaniarian License FAQs.


Enabling Equitable Access to COVID-19 Vaccines

This document outlines CEPI’s approach to enabling and accelerating equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. It sets out how CEPI seeks to enable access throughout the vaccine development processes, as well as providing summaries of CEPI’s COVID-19 agreements.

Wellcome Trust

Equitable Access to Health Technologies: lessons from COVID-19

This report outlines Wellcome’s assessment of key challenges to equitable access, including specific issues for R&D funders, and lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. The report provides recommendations to tackle the challenges identified and sets out Wellcome’s own plan of action.