COVID-19 - Suffocating the global medical supply chain, while breathing life into its future.
30 Apr 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed the vulnerabilities of the United States’ reliance on imported medical supplies and equipment. Global manufacturers of these much-needed products have had capacities curtailed due to shutdowns, social distancing, and travel restrictions. At the same time more than 50 countries around the world have embargoed or restricted exports of items like personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators and other much-needed medical equipment and pharmaceutical products.
COVID-19 is suffocating the global medical supplies and equipment supply chain. Supply disruption, increasing regulatory controls and a heightened demand have led to critical shortages of PPE and medical equipment in the U.S. and around the world. This disruption could not have come at a worse time, as the COVID-19 viral curve continues its exponential trajectory and demand for PPE and medical equipment is peaking globally.