WTO DDGs call for heightened cooperation on vaccine availability

The WTO’s four Deputy Directors-General — Yonov Frederick Agah, Karl Brauner, Alan Wolff and Yi Xiaozhun — urged members on 1 February to step up cooperation in order to ensure worldwide access to vaccines to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. They issued the following statement:

“The pandemic is a global problem. This challenge calls for heightened international cooperation, including ensuring the global availability of vaccines. Recalling the joint statement by the Directors-General of the WHO and WTO on 20 April 2020, we call upon Members to work together towards making vaccines available to all. Moreover, the war against the pandemic can only be won when universal coverage in vaccination is achieved.”

The 20 April 2020 joint statement from the WHO and WTO Directors-General is available here.

The WTO maintains a dedicated page on the website to provide up-to-the minute trade-related information with regards to COVID-19, including relevant notifications from WTO members, the impact the virus has had on exports and imports, and how WTO activities have been affected by the pandemic.

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