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SUNS # 9162 Friday 17 July 2020

Trade : Race for post of WTO DG gets underway on 15 July (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
The race for the post of Director-General of the World Trade Organization to replace the current incumbent Roberto Azevedo began on 15 July, with three out of the eight candidates showcasing their expertise and ability to bring the WTO back on its rails, trade envoys told the SUNS.

COVID-19 : IP dispute leaves vaccine candidate in limbo (PRIV)
(Edward Hammond, Austin)
The lawsuit between the COVID-19 vaccine company Inovio of USA and biologics maker VGXI over intellectual property to manufacture DNA vaccines is heating up and has taken on geopolitical tones.

Q&A : Understanding COVID-19's impact on food security & nutrition (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
While it is too early to assess the full impact of the global COVID-19 lockdowns, at least 83 million to 132 million more people may go hungry this year - 690 million people were classified as hungry in 2019 - as the pandemic has highlighted the vulnerabilities and inadequacies of global food systems.

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