The deals were ground out over five days of bargaining at a conference of more than 100 trade ministers that was seen as a test of the ability of nations to strike multilateral trade deals amid geopolitical tensions.
Head of World Trade Organization predicts a "bumpy and rocky" road as it opens its highest-level meeting in 4-1/2 years, with issues like pandemic preparedness, food insecurity and overfishing of the world’s seas on the agenda.
Supporters of waiver say easing patent restrictions will spur production of low-cost generic vaccines but opponents argue it could erode pharmaceutical companies’ profit incentive to develop new treatments.
Reporting on the new head of the WTO and former World Bank official is condemned for downplaying her qualifications and focusing on her Nigerian background.
Washington has spurned Nigerian former finance minister's candidature despite World Trade Organization's recommendation that she lead the trade watchdog as the first African and first woman head.
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