Public health events—both natural and manmade—occur regularly. It is important the country have consistent and sufficient funding for public health surveillance efforts, training and protection of healthcare workers and patients, vaccine and diagnostic development and invests in the healthcare supply chain which supports all these initiatives.
Medical products are critical to any emergency or pandemic response. Ensuring the elasticity of the supply chain is essential to a prepared national healthcare system and is stronger through a public and private partnership because all entities with a role in preparedness depend on the same supply chain.
Through constructive dialogue the supply chain and governmental agencies can learn from past pandemics and implement programs to ensure that availability of certain types of medical products would meet immediate pandemic response needs. Creating a continuous and certain elevated level of demand for these types of products requires experience in warehousing, maintaining and refreshing product in a timely manner as well as logistical capabilities to redirect product if necessary.