Covid-19 and critical medical equipment supply chains: what flows where?

In January this year, Coriolis Technologies conducted a survey of the UK population about national security. Over 68% of respondents said that a better resourced and improved NHS would make them feel more secure on a personal basis. Two months on, and global security is critically dependent on healthcare systems around the world. But while responses have largely been national, for obvious reasons, the challenge of getting supplies of life-saving ventilators, face masks, personal protective equipment, and medical supplies to…

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BOE Interest rate drop

The Bank of England has just announced that it is reducing interest rates to 0.1%. This follows moves by Central Banks around the world to ensure that there is liquidity in the financial system and no obstacles preventing businesses from borrowing or banks from lending that might worsen the impacts of the Covid-19 outbreak. In the UK, it is a signal to the government that “whatever it takes” means “whatever it takes”: the real need at the moment is for…

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Leaving them stranded? Understanding the UK’s trade negotiating stance amid the coronavirus outbreak

Dr Rebecca Harding, CEO The UK stands to gain in trade terms from the current outbreak of novel coronavirus (Covid-19). It turns out that the world’s current obsession with personal hygiene plays to its advantage: it is a net exporter of both toilet paper and hand sanitiser – export values in 2018 were US$129mn for toilet paper, and US$455mn in hand sanitiser. As the world’s 11th largest exporter of toilet rolls and 4th largest exporter of hand sanitiser, at least…

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Did you see the gorilla? The how and the why of gaming trade

Rebecca Harding CEO Coriolis Technologies Over the past two years, the notion that trade has been weaponised has become mainstream thinking. Its weaponisation is rhetorical – we have seen a marked increase in the belligerent language associated with trade. Between the middle of 2017 and the end of 2018, Donald Trump used the word “win” in tweet about trade disputes one in every four days, for example. This is dangerous for the multilateralism that the world has relied on since…

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