Coronavirus and Trade : Planet Money The coronavirus pandemic may have pushed trade wars off the front page, but such wars are still with us — and they're complicating the world's ability to fight the virus.
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Coronavirus and Trade

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NANCHANG, CHINA - Workers make face masks for export in a railway subsidiary in Nanchang city in central China's Jiangxi province (Photo credit: Feature China/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
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Global trade has collapsed, thanks to our reaction to the coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn't mean our trade wars with China and other nations are over. And they might be risking the world's ability to fight the virus and prevent its spread.

Today we talk with one of our favorite trade gurus, Chad Bown of the Peterson Institute. We discuss the ongoing effects of the trade war, how it's affecting the purchase and distribution of critical healthcare supplies, and what lessons companies and countries might learn from what we're going through now.

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