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Omicron Variant Provides Urgency to Covid-19 Vaccine Talks, WTO Chief Says

Omicron Variant Provides Urgency to Covid-19 Vaccine Talks, WTO Chief Says

WASHINGTON—The brand new Omicron Covid-19 variant has added urgency for the World Commerce Group to behave sooner on vaccines, the group’s chief mentioned Tuesday, because the variant disrupted contentious negotiations geared toward boosting vaccine provides to poorer international locations all over the world.

Omicron’s emergence compelled the WTO to postpone a key ministerial assembly scheduled to begin Tuesday in Geneva, with the agenda together with discussions over vaccinating billions of individuals in creating international locations by suspending mental property rights for vaccines.

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