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World Health Organisation joins Plan S to make health research available for free

All health research funded by the World Health Organisation (WHO) will be free to read online, the agency announced today.

The announcement makes WHO the first of the United Nations agencies to join the growing coalition of research funders and charitable foundations implementing Plan S, an initiative spearheaded by the EU to give free access to all research publications funded with public monies.

“By joining this coalition, we believe we can accelerate progress towards universal free access to health research – an ambition that supports our current strategy of one billion more people benefiting from universal health coverage over the next five years,” said WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan.

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