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Battered WTO Risks a ‘Dead End’ Heading Into Final Day of Talks

  • India continues to drive hard bargains at the 11th hour
  • Final series of meetings face major hurdles left to clear

A global bid to deliver a package of World Trade Organization agreements on issues ranging from food security to tariff-free digital commerce headed into an extended session with hopes fading that a final push for compromise will yield 11th-hour breakthroughs.

On the final full day of the WTO’s 12th ministerial conference in Geneva, officials from the world’s largest economies were only a few words away from an agreement to waive intellectual-property rights for Covid-19 vaccines. But India remained a key holdout in negotiations expected to end by mid-afternoon on Thursday.