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WTO Agrees on Limited IP Waiver for COVID-19 Vaccines and Package to Reduce Harmful Fishing Subsidies

The World Trade Organization’s first ministerial conference in four and a half years reached agreement early Friday morning on what officials described as "an unprecedented outcome" of six agreements, including a deal to curb some fishing subsidies that deplete ocean stocks, a limited waiver of WTO’s intellectual property protections on COVID-19 vaccines and a humanitarian food security measure – all of which will have wide-ranging impacts on global public health.

June 17, 2022