Not every nation produces the medical supplies needed to tackle the Coronavirus. Those that do can still face shortages as health care systems come under pressure. Since it is central to sourcing from aboard, trade policy should face additional scrutiny at times like this.
However, incoherence between national trade policies and medical response threatens the lives of people at home and abroad, including those of front-line health professionals. Trade policy should play an integral role, permitting much needed medical supplies to get to where they are needed most.
This document summarises the trade policy dimension of national policy responses since the beginning of 2020. It covers the period 1 January 2020 to 10 March 2020.