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SUNS # 9145 Wednesday 24 June 2020

Trade : World trade falls sharply in first quarter of this year (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
World merchandise trade in volume terms shrank by 3% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2020, the World Trade Organization has reported.

COVID-19 : South concerned over TRIPS barrier to access affordable vaccines (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
Many developing countries have expressed sharp concerns over the barriers imposed by the WTO's TRIPS Agreement on affordable access to vaccines and therapeutics that are being currently developed for combating the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the likely emergence of so-called "vaccine nationalism".

United States : Racism, shitholes and re-election (PRIV)
(IPS, Sydney/Kuala Lumpur)
Sydney/Kuala Lumpur, 23 Jun (IPS/Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram*) -- Over the course of his presidency, US President Donald Trump's racism has become more evident with more leaks of his private remarks, which he has been generally quick to deny, qualify and explain away.

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