Introduction: regional trade agreements as a tool for strengthening regulatory cooperation during medical emergencies

As COVID-19 spread rapidly across the globe, the world witnessed an unprecedented spike in the demand for medical products to support prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of the virus such as medicines, medical supplies, and personal protective equipment (PPE). Governments were under extreme pressure to ensure adequate supply of essential medical products in the domestic market. At the same time, reduced international flows of essential products became a cause of concern worldwide.

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