International Trade

Sicken thy neighbour: The initial trade policy response to COVID

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many governments have limited exports of medical supplies and medicines. Pre-pandemic barriers to imports of medical supplies and soap remain largely in place. Having characterised trade policy stance towards COVID-19-related goods, this study critically assesses the resort to export curbs and import taxes. Elements of an alternative, positive trade policy contribution to surmount this pandemic are presented.