International Trade Working Paper

The International Trade Working Paper series promptly documents and disseminates reviews, analytical work and think-pieces to facilitate the exchange of ideas and to stimulate debates and discussions on issues that are of interest to developing countries in general and Commonwealth members in particular. The issues considered in the papers may be evolving in nature, leading to further work and refinement at a later stage.


Analysing the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Medical Supply Chains in Commonwealth Countries

This study analyses the supply chains for medical goods across Commonwealth countries. It assesses trade flows related to the health sector and, more specifically, import and export data for essential COVID-19 medical supplies. It also explores supply chain disruptions (trade interruptions, changes in consumption and tariffs related to imports) in the wake of COVID-19. Based on the analysis and key findings, it proposes policy changes and recommendations to increase the resilience of these supply chains, to protect them from such disruptions.


Keywords: health, medical goods, supply chains, COVID-19, Commonwealth
JEL: I15: Health, Education, and Welfare / Health / Health and Economic Development; I11: Health, Education, and Welfare / Health / Analysis of Health Care Markets; F10: International Economics / Trade / Trade: General
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