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World Economic Forum postpones Davos meeting on Covid uncertainty

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A logo sits on a window at the entrance hall of the Congress Center ahead of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020.
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The annual January get-together of world leaders, billionaires and executives in Davos, Switzerland will be postponed due to health and safety concerns over Covid-19.

“The World Economic Forum will defer its Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, in the light of continued uncertainty over the Omicron outbreak,” the group said in a release Monday. “It is now planned for early summer.”

The in-person event had been scheduled from Jan. 17 to Jan. 21 with the aim of addressing “economic, environmental, political and social fault-lines exacerbated by the pandemic.”

Organizers say an online series of “State of the World” sessions will be held instead, “to focus on shaping solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.”

WEF said coronavirus pandemic conditions had made it “extremely difficult” to stage a global in-person meeting next month, adding that the transmissibility of the omicron Covid variant and its impact on travel and mobility had made deferral necessary.

The annual Davos event, regarded as a cornerstone of international relations, typically draws heads of government, business executives and activists from around the world to discuss the world’s most pressing challenges at a picturesque Alpine ski resort.

The World Economic Forum canceled a summer version of its meeting set to take place in Singapore in August.

A virtual conference was held earlier this year.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated shortly.

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