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Top U.S. and European officials coming to Pittsburgh for trade meeting

The initiative formed earlier this year as part of a larger commitment to work together on efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for public health crises, as well as fight against climate change, environmental degradation and biodiversity loss.

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