Latest Global trade News

The Latest: Pro-Navalny protest in Geneva on eve of summit

Jun. 15, 2021 16:17 PM EDT

The Latest on U.S. President Joe Biden's trip to Europe: GENEVA — A few dozen supporters of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny have staged a colorful, cheeky rally in Geneva, in the hope of sending a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of his...

The Latest: Pot-for-shots plan stumbles in Washington state

Jun. 09, 2021 21:02 PM EDT

SEATTLE — Washington state’s new “joints for jabs” vaccination incentive program is off to a rough start. Seeking to get more people to get the coronavirus shots, officials announced this week that the state’s nearly 500 licensed marijuana retailers could begin...

WTO to intensify talks on easing access to COVID-19 vaccines

Jun. 09, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — World Trade Organization member nations agreed Wednesday to intensify talks geared at improving access to COVID-19 products, as developing nations push for a proposal to ease patents and other intellectual property protections for coronavirus vaccines and some wealthier...

Australia says WTO should punish Chinese economic coercion

Jun. 09, 2021 06:11 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The World Trade Organization should penalize “bad behavior when it occurs,” Australia's prime minister said Wednesday ahead of a Group of Seven leaders’ meeting in Britain where he hopes to garner support in a trade dispute with China. ...

WTO panel considers easing protections on COVID-19 vaccines

Jun. 08, 2021 07:27 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Envoys from World Trade Organization member nations are taking up a proposal to ease patents and other intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines to help developing countries fight the pandemic, an idea backed by the Biden administration but opposed in other...

Asia-Pacific trade ministers mull vaccine access, supply

Jun. 05, 2021 09:55 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Improved access to coronavirus vaccines and other tools needed to fight the pandemic are vital to crushing the pandemic and hastening a recovery, officials said Saturday in an online meeting of Pacific Rim economies. The unprecedented crisis brought on...

Vaccine makers pledge 2.3B doses to less wealthy nations

May. 21, 2021 14:22 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A global health summit that underlined the growing disparity between rich and poor countries during the pandemic closed Friday with pledges by pharmaceutical companies to deliver more than 1.3 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to low- and middle-income countries this year. ...

The Latest: Flight repatriates stranded Spaniards from Nepal

May. 20, 2021 23:20 PM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal — A repatriation flight is rescuing dozens of Spanish nationals who have been stranded in Nepal since a lockdown was imposed in the Himalayan nation to curb the spiking COVID-19 cases. The charted flight arranged by the Spanish government was taking...

WTO chief calls for diversification of vaccine production

May. 20, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The head of the World Trade Organization said Thursday it is of paramount importance to diversify vaccine manufacturing and to have more production taking place in Africa and Latin America to contain the pandemic. On the eve of a global health summit in...

The Latest: Las Vegas Strip rules to end for vaccinated

May. 18, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS — The Las Vegas Strip and surroundings will fully reopen to vaccinated diners, dancers, shoppers and club-goers beginning June 1. Clark County lawmakers on Tuesday followed CDC guidelines and dropped plans to tie business occupancy to coronavirus vaccination...