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WTO holds big meeting to tackle vaccines, food shortages


Associated Press

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Trade Organization is predicting a “bumpy and rocky” road as the international trade body opens its highest-level meeting in 4-1/2 years. Top issues incude pandemic preparedness, food insecurity during high inflation and the war in Ukraine, and overfishing of the world’s seas. The WTO’s director-general said she hopes the four-day meeting starting Sunday yields progress toward reducing inequality and ensuring fair and free trade.  Delegates will consider whether to lift or ease export restrictions to help alleviate war-related shortages of wheat, fertilizer and other products. They will also try to reduce national subsidies to fishing boats and workers that engage in illegal fishing.

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