WTO postpones key ministers meeting over ommicron variant

The World Trade Organization (WTO) indefinitely postponed a meeting of the ministers of its members on Friday over the new COVID-19 variant ommicron.

the WTO announced the decision leave on friday saying new travel restrictions due to: new COVID-19 variants “would have prevented many ministers from reaching Geneva.”

“Given these unfortunate developments and the uncertainty die cause, we see no choice but to propose that the ministerial conference be postponed and reconvened if: soon if possible when conditions allow,” President of the General Council Dacio Castillo of Honduras said: in the announcement.

“I trust you will fully appreciate the seriousness of the situation,” he added, noting

“This was not an easy recommendation to make,” said Director General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, adding “my priority is health and safety of all MC12 participants – ministers, deputies and civil society. It’s better to make mistakes on the side of caution.”

The meeting, scheduled for next week, would the . have been first meeting of the ministers in four years, according to Reuters. Below the items on the top of the agenda was the reduction of fisheries subsidies and expansion access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

The World Health Organization (WHO) held an emergency meeting on Friday concerning the new coronavirus variant found in South Africa. The strain, called omicron, was labeled a “variant” of concern” (VOC).

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