WTO meeting on COVID vaccine IP waiver proposal went 'very well', chair says



via Yahoo Finance - May 6, 2022


GENEVA, May 6 (Reuters) - The first World Trade Organization meeting to discuss a new draft agreement to temporarily waive intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines went "very well", its chair told Reuters on Friday.


"It went very well and here's why I say that. No member rejected the outcome as completely unacceptable," Ambassador Lansana Gberie from Sierra Leone told Reuters shortly after the closed-door WTO meeting.


"Most said this could be developed into a negotiating text and that's the trajectory we have to follow," he added.


The WTO's 164 members were invited to discuss the so-called "outcome document" that stems from months of negotiations...