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NPF webinar | "Trade in COVID-19: Medical trade wars"

Published 27 May 2020

The 2nd briefing in a 10-part webinar series by the National Press Foundation. Sponsored by the Hinrich Foundation, this briefing, “Medical Trade Wars: The Search for Drugs, Devices and PPE,” was held online on 26 May 2020.

This briefing discussed the bottlenecks in global supply chains and export restrictions imposed by some nations that are making vital medical products hard to obtain for some hospitals, businesses and individuals. It covered global trade in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and other supplies such as personal protective equipment (PPE).

Against the backdrop of rising U.S-China trade tensions, expert speakers presented data on which nations seek to keep medical supplies for their own citizens; where medical manufacturing operations have been slowed by virus-related shutdown; and which global shortages of medical items could get worse if the world sees a large second wave of COVID-19 cases worldwide.

The first briefing, “Where’s Our Food,” explained disruptions in the food supply chains and their implications for local and global food insecurity. 

This briefing is part the National Press Foundation's 10-part series of online trainings on global trade issues in the era of coronavirus. Please check here for upcoming briefings.