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.


Trade in COVID-19-Related Medical Goods

Issues and Challenges for Commonwealth Countries

This issue of Trade Hot Topics provides an overview of the trade in COVID-19 medical goods by Commonwealth member countries. It maps medical supply chains in the Commonwealth during 2017-2018, prior to the outbreak of the pandemic, and examines some of the major global responses to ensure open trade and undisrupted supply chains. It concludes by considering the role of international trade and trade policy in managing this pathogen pandemic, as well as future crises.


Keywords: ventilators, supply chains, PPE, Commonwealth countries, COVID-19
JEL: I11: Health, Education, and Welfare / Health / Analysis of Health Care Markets; F13: International Economics / Trade / Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
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