Rebuilding the US medical supply chain
In the race to end the COVID-19 pandemic, the world saw an unprecedented process to quickly research, develop, test, and deploy a vaccine to protect against the virus. But like many other facets of life, the pandemic also exposed, and in some cases exacerbated, problems in drug and medical supply manufacturing. Global supply chains were disrupted leading to shortages of medicines and personal protective equipment. Many health care systems around the country were overwhelmed with sick patients, calling into question the ability to provide quality health care to Americans.
On June 11, Governance Studies at Brookings and the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis cohosted a webinar to discuss pharmaceutical drug manufacturing and supply chain logistics in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists unpacked current obstacles in manufacturing drugs and medical supplies in the United States and solutions to those barriers.
Viewers submitted questions for speakers by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter at @BrookingsGov by using #USSupplyChain.
Darrell M. West
Senior Fellow - Center for Technology Innovation
Douglas Dillon Chair in Governmental Studies
President, Specialty Generics - Mallinckrodt
Senior Advisor - The Hastings Center
Author - China Rx
Former President and CEO - PCI Synthesis
Adjunct Professor and Senior Research Advisor, Olin School of Business and Center for Analytics and Business Insights - Washington University in St. Louis
David H. Thompson
Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer - Continuity Pharma
Professor of Chemistry - Purdue University
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