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SUNS # 9302 Wednesday 10 March 2021

Trade : WTO DG meets Big Pharma and opts for voluntary licenses (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
The World Trade Organization Director-General Ms Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said on 9 March that she fully supports the TRIPS waiver, insisting that she has conveyed to Big Pharma that they need to understand the "practicalities and sentiments" behind the demand for the waiver, said people familiar with the development.

Trade : WTO DG's "third way" to fight COVID-19 a tough sell (PRIV)
(Biswajit Dhar, New Delhi)
On 1st March, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala assumed the responsibilities as the seventh Director-General of the World Trade Organization and was hailed as the first woman and a person from the African continent to be in this position.

COVID-19 : Prioritize pandemic relief and recovery (PRIV)
(IPS, Sydney/Kuala Lumpur)
Sydney/Kuala Lumpur, 9 Mar (IPS/Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram*) -- Developing country governments are being wrongly advised to use their modest fiscal resources to pay down accumulated debt instead of strengthening pandemic relief and recovery.

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