WTO passes agreement to waive patents for Covid vaccines and reduce overfishing

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has passed agreements including waiving patents for COVID-19 vaccines and reducing overfishing.

The group of 164 countries spent five days at a conference in Geneva negotiating deals which included pledges on health and food security.

The partial intellectual property waiver deal for COVID-19 jabs will allow developing countries to produce and export vaccines.

But it will only last five years, and excludes disease treatments and tests.

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