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WTO members hail ‘encouraging’ steps in IP waiver talks, but still divided

October 13, 2021 at 5:31 PM
The debate over a proposed waiver of some World Trade Organization intellectual property obligations for pandemic-related products has yielded “points of convergence,” according to a Geneva-based trade official familiar with the talks, but members’ overall positions remain largely unchanged, leaving negotiators with less than two months to reach a deal by the 12th ministerial conference. Reaching an agreement on a WTO response to the pandemic is one of the main priorities for MC12, set to begin in late November –...

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