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Medical Trade Wars

The second briefing in a 10-part webinar series by the National Press Foundation

Event Details

26 May 2020 | 12pm, ET

The National Press Foundation is running a series of 10 online trainings for journalists on covering global trade issues in the era of coronavirus. This second briefing, “Medical Trade Wars: The Search for Drugs, Devices and PPE,” will be held online Tuesday, May 26, at noon Eastern.

This briefing will explain 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 will cover 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 will present 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.