Africa Creating Own Vaccine, Aid for Trade and Climate Justice Signal Outcomes for WTO Talks (1)

Developing nations need to be up front and center of the solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems — from improved finance to deal with a deteriorating climate, as well as improved vaccine distribution during the next pandemic, said Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria, WTO Director-General.

As African nations including Rwanda, Senagal and South Africa attract healthcare investments, two Nigerian researchers have come up with their own vaccines and one of them is going to start trials in South Africa and Nigeria, she told non-government organisations yesterday (Nov. 24) in a briefing about upcoming trade talks at the end of the month.

It’s possible “we’ll soon have a vaccine from the continent,” she said.

“It’s not just us looking for someone’s intellectual property. We also have our own.”

I found this online about the potential Nigeria vaccine breakthrough.

The WTO’s “Aid for Trade” program may make up for the lack of funds at the Glasgow climate talks for adaptation and mitigation for developing countries from wealthy nations, Okonjo-Iweala said.

The 12th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC12) begins at the end of this month, and should also tackle access to overfished waters, she said.

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