Intellectual property waiver alone won't solve vaccine access - produce jabs locally: WTO head

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Nigerian former Foreign and Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala look on July 15, 2020, in Geneva, following her hearing before World Trade Organization 164 member states' representatives, as part of the application process to head the WTO as Director General.
Nigerian former Foreign and Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala look on July 15, 2020, in Geneva, following her hearing before World Trade Organization 164 member states' representatives, as part of the application process to head the WTO as Director General.
Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP

Equitable vaccine access is one of first steps to supporting a sustainable recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic in Africa, says Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Okonjo-Iweala was on Monday speaking during the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa's virtual talk series.

The discussion is one of several that will be held in the coming months. It is focused on the continent's recovery following the pandemic.

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