Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics

The Trade Hot Topics series provides concise and informative analyses of various trade and trade-related issues which are prepared both by Commonwealth Secretariat and international experts.


Prioritising the Poor

LDCs and Trade in COVID-19-Related Medical Supplies

The world's poorest countries face a trilemma when tackling COVID-19, including being at the back of the queue for vital medical supplies. This new issue of Trade Hot Topics analyses the trade flows in COVID-19-related medical goods, identifying the main suppliers to Commonwealth LDCs and their potential exposure to recent trade measures affecting such exports. It provides policy recommendations to ensure equitable distribution of these essential medical supplies.


Keywords: COVID-19, LDCs, medical supplies, trade
JEL: F13: International Economics / Trade / Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations; I15: Health, Education, and Welfare / Health / Health and Economic Development
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