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WTO Chief Calls on Nations to End Covid Export Restrictions

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

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World Trade Organization Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala urged the European Union and all other WTO members to end export restrictions on vaccines and other medical goods needed to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This is the only way we can get a freer flow of goods and get them to countries that don’t have access,” Okonjo-Iweala told Bloomberg in a phone interview late Tuesday.