The purpose of this initiative is to collect information on changes in trade policy towards exports and imports of medical and food products so as to document the cumulative resort to trade policies since the beginning of 2020. Information on such policy changes are processed, collated, and shared on a monthly basis. Since 1 January 2021 this monitoring was expanded to include investment policy screening decisions in the essential goods sector. Furthermore, given the sensitivity attached to COVID-19 vaccines, trade policies affecting such vaccines are separately identified in our database. Maps summarising some of the features of the cumulative policy response are prepared as well. The maps, underlying information, and a methodology note can be downloaded in the winzip file provided.