Saturday, January 29, 2022

India to raise vaccine discrimination and Covid passports issue in WTO

Raising the concerns over new trade barriers, including vaccine discrimination and Covid passports, India has asked World Trade Organization to address the “new and emerging” trade barriers that are impacting the movement of persons and services exports. 

India’s representative, ahead of a key ministerial conference (MC12) of the WTO in December, said: ”WTO response should not only try to address the existing trade barriers like export restrictions, but also address new and emerging ones, like vaccine differentiations or Covid passports.”

It should be noted that India has been pushing for relaxation in intellectual property rights to facilitate access to Covid medicines. India also defended export restrictions, saying they were a legitimate policy tool available to members.

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