The demand for gloves soared during the COVID-19 pandemic and those issues still persist. Now, a nationwide lockdown in Malaysia, which produces most of the world’s gloves, is slowing down production. The lockdown could last for weeks.
On the previous episode of Medically Necessary, Matt discussed how to increase the resilience of the health care supply chain with leaders from Vizient. On this episode, they discuss recent calls from industry leaders and politicians to produce more medical supplies in the United States.
Following the COVID-19 pandemic, politicians and corporate executives vowed to increase supply chain resiliency. Often, the plans to do that are vague. In early 2020, Vizient implemented a program that aims to do something about it.
Under normal circumstances, health care providers simply order the supplies they need. In a disaster, the typical supply channels may not be an option, or health care providers may not be able to afford to buy products. That’s where humanitarian aid distributors step in.