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‘Last few tweaks’ being made to COVID IP waiver deal: WTO chief -Breaking


© Reuters. FILEPHOTO: Ngozi Okonjo Iweala (Director General of World Trade Organization) attends Geneva, Switzerland’s October 4th, 2021 news conference REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

GENEVA, (Reuters) – The World Trade Organization’s head said Thursday that the negotiations over an intellectual property deal regarding COVID-19 vaccines are ongoing. He indicated that the parties were trying to come up with a final agreement.

A month after the compromise draft was made public in the media, there has been increasing pressure on the parties (the United States, India, Europe, and South Africa) to renounce the deal.

People are saying that the text is being rejected. “It is false,” Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Director General of Ngozi Okonjo Iweala said to Reuters via telephone. They are still working on the final details. She said that it’s only the final few adjustments.