WASHINGTON, Feb 15 (Reuters) – The World TradeOrganization’s incoming chief told Reuters on Monday that hertop priority was to ensure the WTO does more to address theCOVID-19 pandemic and said she was confident her priorities werealigned with those of the Biden administration.”A very top priority for me would be to make sure that priorto the very important ministerial conference … that we come tosolutions as to how the WTO can make vaccines, therapeutics anddiagnostics accessible in an equitable and affordable fashion toall countries, particularly to poor countries,” NgoziOkonjo-Iweala, who was selected earlier on Monday as the nextdirector-general, told Reuters in an interview. She added that she had a “very good conversation” withadvisers from the U.S. Trade Representative’s office. “I thinkour interests and priorities are aligned. They want to bring theWTO back to (its) purpose.”
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