- The pandemic has shown the importance of having local supplies of critical medical amenities, in order to secure the national health and security.
- Therefore, it might also be relevant to create reserve banks of necessary supplies on all levels, both local, regional and state level.
- This will mitigate the impact on the supply chain in a time of disruption, because it will secure stocks of critical medical supplies within reach for all areas of the healthcare system.
Cross national coordination
- The pandemic has shown the importance of having a flexible and well-coordinated supply chain, that allows for rapid response and deployment of medical supplies to where it is needed. For this to happen its relevant to focus on a cross national coordination supply chain, with engagement of both municipalities, regional and state government.
- The supply chain should both consist of sharing of information on how well each entity are prepared, but also information on stock of medical supplies. This create transparency and knowledge between entities, which will add to a coordinated buying of medical supplies and add to the effectiveness and resilience of the supply chain.
- The covid pandemic has shown supply chains often are highly demanding on international supplies. When entire countries and regions are closed, it has extensive effects on several supply chains.
- In this case it would be valuable to have a decentralize setup to avoid any drastic impact caused by regional lockdowns in the supply chain. Therefore, its relevant to enabling new ways of producing necessary supplies on a geographically closer level, that do not demand functioning of global transportation.
- The supplies should not only be on a geographically closer level, they should also be in country and regionally diverse locations.
- Having several local productions possibilities will enhance the supply chains strength and resilience in a global crisis, because of a lower dependency on global transportation and a higher flexibility within production.
Country manufacturing facility
- Even though many countries have a production of medical supplies, outbreaks like the covid pandemic have shown that with there is a high demand for medical supplies then can be manufactured locally.
- To secure critical medical supply in a time of disruption, it might be wise to have a country funded manufacturing facility that is required to support the reserves of critical medical supplies.
- This would secure a fast transition due to an already planned scenario when there is a disruption of the supply chain.