The Pandemic Supply and Management experts community aims to connect on priority topics to share learnings and best practices, exchange challenges, experiences and collaborate with each other.
The supplies essential for fighting a pandemic rely on complex global value chains, where raw materials are sourced from one location, processed and manufactured in another, and distributed in yet another. A disruption of this process in one direction can result in disruption in the other. The reduced mobility of goods caused by COVID-19-related lockdowns and travel restrictions, limited shipping options, and export restrictions imposed by governments intended to boost domestic supply have caused delays, interruptions, and shortages. Developing countries, smaller economies, and countries with limited manufacturing capacities are especially vulnerable to supply chain shocks.