April 20, 2020

DDG Wolff: Policy coordination needed to address pandemic challenges

In virtual remarks delivered to a 20 April webinar on the role of the WTO in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, hosted by the Center for China and Globalization in Beijing, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff underlined the importance of global policy coordination to ensure an adequate supply of medicines and medical products to affected countries. “What has been discovered is that when it comes to medical supplies to fight the coronavirus, neither the unrestrained competition of the marketplace nor uncoordinated national government interventions are a satisfactory method to manage scarcity,” he declared.

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