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COVID-19 Trade Policy Database: Food and Medical Products

Many governments are using trade policy measures to increase the availability of medical and food products during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important to monitor them to assess their impact, effectiveness and potential international spillovers, especially on countries that depend on imports of these essential products. This database is derived from official sources, media reports and other public sources and is updated monthly. the the underlying data can be found here.

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The data on this page is the result of a partnership between the Global Governance Program of the Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Study at the European University Institute, the Global Trade Alert initiative at the University of St. Gallen and the Trade and Regional Integration Unit of the World Bank Group. The project collects information on trade policy changes affecting medical and food products since the beginning of 2020. Its objective is to document the cumulative use of trade policies and changes between countries over time. A methodological note describing the specific products and types of policies covered by the monitoring exercise, and how the data is collected and processed, is available here.

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Joan J. Dean

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