Geneva’s trailblazing week: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala “fresh eyes” at WTO

I. WHAT WE FOUND INTERESTING

We highly recommend you watch this press conference where Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, gives a glimpse into the vision, determination and confidence that she brings into this new role. There are also indications on how she evaluates issues relating to the Appellate Body impasse at the WTO and the use of voluntary licensing to increase manufacturing of vaccines for the pandemic. She has articulated “a third way” in the context of the discussions on the TRIPS waiver proposal, essentially suggesting the use of TRIPS flexibilities.

DG selection process 2020: Presentation to the General Council — Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria — Image credit: WTO/Jay Louvion

What you cannot miss this week:

PHARMACEUTICAL RESEARCH AND MANUFACTURERS OF AMERICA (PhRMA) SPECIAL 301 SUBMISSION 2021

POLICY UPDATE:

WHO lists 2 additional COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use and COVAX roll-out:

NEWS:

FROM THE JOURNALS / REPORTS:

II. WHAT WE ARE WATCHING:

  • WHO: Member States Virtual Informal Consultation on Strengthening WHO Preparedness for and Response to Health Emergencies (organized by the European Union): 16th February
  • WHO: NSAs Virtual Informal Consultation on Strengthening WHO Preparedness for and Response to Health Emergencies (organized by the European Union): 19th February
  • Book Launch — Global Health Diplomacy: 19th February

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