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Okonjo-Iweala: Emergence Of Omicron Sounds Alarm On Fair Access To Vaccines by fergie001: 4:24pm On Nov 30, 2021
World Trade Organization Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said work on an intellectual-property waiver aimed at widening vaccine access in poor countries will continue despite the sudden postponement of a meeting of key stakeholders this week.

“The new variant should be a clarion call to all of us that we should now move speedily to agree this response to the pandemic,” she said in a virtual briefing with reporters Tuesday.

“We need to use all tools at our disposal to make sure we solve this problem of access to vaccines,” she said, stressing that lives and economic recoveries are at stake.

Over the past year WTO members have tried and failed to engage on a proposal from India and South Africa to waive key aspects of the organization’s IP rules for vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics.

While the U.S., China and scores of other nations support the idea in principle, the European Union, the U.K. and Switzerland oppose an IP waiver that they say would do little to expand access to vaccines in the developing world.

Okonjo-Iweala said postponing this week’s WTO ministerial conference in Geneva, Switzerland, was a difficult decision, but holding the talks would’ve been unfair to countries targeted by the travel bans.

The WTO should resume its “meeting as soon as it is possible health-wise and travel-wise,” she said.

The WTO’s leadership has proposed moving its 12th ministerial conference -- known as MC12 -- to the first week of March, but that decision has not yet been confirmed by the membership.

The meeting, which is a gathering of the organisation’s highest decision-making body, represents a critical moment for the organization to show that it remains relevant to the needs of regular people.

Okonjo-Iweala has urged nations to begin the process of reforming the WTO rulebook by concluding three trust-building agreements:

an agreement to curb harmful fishery subsidies,

a framework to expand global trade in vaccines,

and a pledge to reduce trade-distorting agricultural policies.

Okonjo-Iweala said members had seen some positive progress in the fisheries negotiations prior to the meeting’s postponement and work will continue in a virtual format.

“Momentum on fishery subsidies was looking pretty good,” she said.

For the past 20 years the WTO has sought and failed to reach an agreement to eliminate as much as $54 billion worth of annual government subsides that threaten the sustainability of the world’s fishing grounds.

If members are finally able to conclude a deal, it would help prevent the exploitation of the marine ecosystem and stave off economic ruin for coastal communities which depend on fishing for their livelihoods.

The talks are also viewed as a litmus test for the relevance of the WTO itself, which hasn’t reached a multilateral accord since 2015 and lost its ability to fully resolve trade disputes in 2019.

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Re: Okonjo-Iweala: Emergence Of Omicron Sounds Alarm On Fair Access To Vaccines by malcom1X: 4:56pm On Nov 30, 2021
Dogs, cats, cows goats, chickens and other animals all spread covid. Maybe they should be blamed for being unvaccinated.

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Re: Okonjo-Iweala: Emergence Of Omicron Sounds Alarm On Fair Access To Vaccines by Cmanforall: 5:24pm On Nov 30, 2021
Seems this new variant is a way to force Africans to take the vaccine.

With or without the new variant, people should be encouraged to take vaccines

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Re: Okonjo-Iweala: Emergence Of Omicron Sounds Alarm On Fair Access To Vaccines by Spaxon(f): 5:24pm On Nov 30, 2021
So after the world goes quiet after the Delta Variant, the big guns get bored and introduce another one
Omicron.

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Re: Okonjo-Iweala: Emergence Of Omicron Sounds Alarm On Fair Access To Vaccines by vigoj: 5:25pm On Nov 30, 2021
I got every covid strain from Wuhan..
Re: Okonjo-Iweala: Emergence Of Omicron Sounds Alarm On Fair Access To Vaccines by Lanre4uonly(m): 5:25pm On Nov 30, 2021
It is well.
#StaySafe.
Re: Okonjo-Iweala: Emergence Of Omicron Sounds Alarm On Fair Access To Vaccines by eherbal(m): 5:25pm On Nov 30, 2021
grin
Re: Okonjo-Iweala: Emergence Of Omicron Sounds Alarm On Fair Access To Vaccines by Osejohn(m): 5:25pm On Nov 30, 2021
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Re: Okonjo-Iweala: Emergence Of Omicron Sounds Alarm On Fair Access To Vaccines by Wondermumsy(f): 5:26pm On Nov 30, 2021
Ok na
Re: Okonjo-Iweala: Emergence Of Omicron Sounds Alarm On Fair Access To Vaccines by wisdom042(m): 5:26pm On Nov 30, 2021
We never fight Coronavirus fish Omicron don fall out who wetin go be d next one wey go come again
Re: Okonjo-Iweala: Emergence Of Omicron Sounds Alarm On Fair Access To Vaccines by NwaNimo1(m): 5:26pm On Nov 30, 2021
When death comes.......we will deal with it.

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Re: Okonjo-Iweala: Emergence Of Omicron Sounds Alarm On Fair Access To Vaccines by Eriokanmi: 5:27pm On Nov 30, 2021
Tell them madam, tell them

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Re: Okonjo-Iweala: Emergence Of Omicron Sounds Alarm On Fair Access To Vaccines by adioolayi(m): 5:28pm On Nov 30, 2021
Let the Developed Nations continue to show their superiority by widening the Vaccines Accessibility gaps against the under developed and developing Nations...


Let them continue their selfish hoarding of CoVID19 vaccines to think they are smarter than the lower countries...

They have forgotten the world is One...A global village so to speak...If the pandemic is not controlled in any part of the world...the whole world is still very much at risk...

Except the Developed Countries lockdown their countries, which can never happen because they need other countries to survive, they cannot be totally free from this pandemic.

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Re: Okonjo-Iweala: Emergence Of Omicron Sounds Alarm On Fair Access To Vaccines by lexy2014: 5:29pm On Nov 30, 2021
Cmanforall:
Seems this new variant is a way to force Africans to take the vaccine.

With or without the new variant, people should be encouraged to take vaccines

If people have taken the vaccine in Europe, why are they scared of omicron?

If d vaccine is so effective, why are those who take d vaccine still encouraged to wear face masks?

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Re: Okonjo-Iweala: Emergence Of Omicron Sounds Alarm On Fair Access To Vaccines by lexy2014: 5:30pm On Nov 30, 2021
Spaxon:
So after the world goes quiet after the Delta Variant, the big guns get bored and introduce another one
Omicron.



My dear, u are thinking what am thinking

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Re: Okonjo-Iweala: Emergence Of Omicron Sounds Alarm On Fair Access To Vaccines by Eriokanmi: 5:30pm On Nov 30, 2021
Cmanforall:
Seems this new variant is a way to force Africans to take the vaccine.

With or without the new variant, people should be encouraged to take vaccines
Your second statement says it all. Its free of charge. Oyinbos can't fake death . We're just so lucky in this part of the world. I've seen people who died of covid-19. Maybe until some people see someone die of it, they'd never believe it's real and it kills. Most Nigerians behave like armed bandits. My survival after contracting it last year was God's grace because I almost lost hope. I also infected every member of my family. But we all survived it.

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Re: Okonjo-Iweala: Emergence Of Omicron Sounds Alarm On Fair Access To Vaccines by Skyview01(m): 5:30pm On Nov 30, 2021
I love this woman dressing to the core, always repping Africa to the core and no inferiority complex.

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Re: Okonjo-Iweala: Emergence Of Omicron Sounds Alarm On Fair Access To Vaccines by Angelfrost(m): 5:31pm On Nov 30, 2021
lexy2014:


If people have taken the vaccine in Europe, why are they scared of omicron?

If d vaccine is so effective, why are those who take d vaccine still encouraged to wear face masks?

Leave these charlatans...

People who are vaccinated are even more scared of dying from a virus than the unvaccinated!

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Re: Okonjo-Iweala: Emergence Of Omicron Sounds Alarm On Fair Access To Vaccines by Ndidi29: 5:31pm On Nov 30, 2021
hmm, doctors are not even talking of covid19, ....but economist are the ones emphasizing so much on it...
this one is like Mr. Ibu advertizing Herbal medicine

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Re: Okonjo-Iweala: Emergence Of Omicron Sounds Alarm On Fair Access To Vaccines by Ghostmode2two(m): 5:34pm On Nov 30, 2021
This virus will hard to fight against since different variants are coming out. God save us
Re: Okonjo-Iweala: Emergence Of Omicron Sounds Alarm On Fair Access To Vaccines by Angelfrost(m): 5:36pm On Nov 30, 2021
Eriokanmi:
Your second statement says it all. Its free of charge. Oyinbos can't fake death . We're just so lucky in this part of the world. I've seen people who died of covid-19. Maybe until some people see someone die of it, they'd never believe it's real and it kills.pst Nigerians behave like armed bandits. My survival after connecting it last year was God's grace because I almost lost hope. I also infected every member of my family. But we all survived it.

Thank God for your lives.... Go get vaccinated and leave "Most" Nigerians alone.

A lot of Nigerians are battling things far worse than Covid-19, so give them a fvcking break please!

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Re: Okonjo-Iweala: Emergence Of Omicron Sounds Alarm On Fair Access To Vaccines by Dronedude(m): 5:36pm On Nov 30, 2021
I don't understand why this variant carries a fancy name more than others. Only in cases like this for Africa they give a good name that is even attractive to the ears such that people can't easily forget.

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Re: Okonjo-Iweala: Emergence Of Omicron Sounds Alarm On Fair Access To Vaccines by timesup234: 5:39pm On Nov 30, 2021
Neocolonialism the last stage of imperialism. No be today black slave don dey help white man carry he smelling shiit

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Re: Okonjo-Iweala: Emergence Of Omicron Sounds Alarm On Fair Access To Vaccines by Houseofglam7(f): 5:39pm On Nov 30, 2021
Omicron undecided
Meta
undecided
Rubicon undecided
Hexagon
Pentagon

Y’all will get tired someday undecided

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Re: Okonjo-Iweala: Emergence Of Omicron Sounds Alarm On Fair Access To Vaccines by money121(m): 5:39pm On Nov 30, 2021
Ok
Re: Okonjo-Iweala: Emergence Of Omicron Sounds Alarm On Fair Access To Vaccines by Eriokanmi: 5:40pm On Nov 30, 2021
Angelfrost:


Thank God for your lives.... Go get vaccinated and leave "Most" Nigerians alone.

A lot of Nigerians are battling things far worse than Covid-19, so give them a fvcking break please!
I'm already vaccinated. Dem no dey beg pesin now,.lol

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Re: Okonjo-Iweala: Emergence Of Omicron Sounds Alarm On Fair Access To Vaccines by Spaxon(f): 5:41pm On Nov 30, 2021
lexy2014:


My dear, u are thinking what am thinking
they're just playing their chess game with human life. we'll hopefully overcome dear

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