COVID-19 Trade Policy Database: Food and Medical Products

Many governments are using trade policy measures to increase the availability of personal protective equipment, medical supplies, and food products during the COIVD-19 pandemic. Such measures may take many forms and be carried out by different government agencies. Tracking them is important for assessing their incidence, effectiveness, and potential international spillover effects—particularly on countries that depend on imports of these critical products.

The data on this page are the work of a partnership between the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies’ Global Governance Programme at the European University Institute, the University of St. Gallen’s Global Trade Alert initiative, 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 aim is to document the cumulative resort to trade policies and changes across countries over time.

Information is derived from official sources, media reports, and other public sources and is updated on a weekly basis. The methodological note can be downloaded here. A chronological list of maps, the underlying data can be found below. 

Watch a recording from a webinar presenting the findings of the project and discussing international cooperation held on 5 June and chaired by Prof. Bernard Hoekman. 

Recent Publications

Simon Evenett, Bernard Hoekman, Nadia Rocha, Michele Ruta, ‘The Covid-19 vaccine production club : will value chains temper nationalism?‘, EUI Working Paper 2021

Simon Evenett, Matteo Fiorini, Johannes Fritz, Bernard Hoekman, Piotr Lukaszuk, Nadia Rocha, Filippo Santi, Anirudh Shingal, Trade policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis : evidence from a new dataset, EUI Working Paper 2020

Bernard Hoekman, Anirudh Shingal, Varun Eknath, Viktoriya Ereshchenko, COVID-19, public procurement regimes and trade policy, EUI Working Paper 2020

Data, Maps and Methodology

Monthly data release on policy developments in the essential goods sectors in 2021

18 February 2021 | Data, maps and methodological note

1 April 2021 | Data, maps and methodological note

1 June 2021 | Data, maps and methodological note

1 July 2021 | Data, maps and methodological note

Weekly data release on policy developments in the essential goods sectors in 2020

1 May 2020 | Data, maps and methodological note

8 May 2020 | Data, maps and methodological note

15 May 2020 | Data, maps and methodological note

22 May 2020 | Data, maps and methodological note

29 May 2020 | Data, maps and methodological note

5 June 2020 | Data, maps and methodological note

12 June 2020 | Data, maps and methodological note

19 June 2020 | Data, maps and methodological note

26 June 2020 | Data, maps and methodological note

03 July 2020 | Data, maps and methodological note

10 July 2020 | Data, maps and methodological note

17 July 2020 | Data, maps and methodological note

24 July 2020 | Data, maps and methodological note

31 July 2020 | Data, maps and methodological note

07 August 2020 | Data, maps and methodological note

14 August 2020 | Data, maps and methodological note

21 August 2020 | Data, maps and methodological note

28 August 2020 | Data, maps and methodological note

04 September 2020 | Data, maps and methodological note

11 September 2020 | Data, maps and methodological note

18 September 2020 | Data, maps and methodological note

02 October 2020 | Data, maps and methodological note

09 October 2020 | Data, maps and methodological note

16 October 2020 | Data, maps and methodological note

22 January 2021 | Data, maps and methodological note

Import Reforms on Medical Supplies

World Map of Import Reforms on Medical Supplies

Import Reforms on Food

World Map of Import Reforms on Food Supplies

Export Controls on Medical Supplies

World Map of Export Reforms on Medical Supplies

Export Controls on Food

World Map of Export Controls on Food