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Video: Disruption and Transformation of Medical Supply Chains in the COVID-19 Era

Wednesday, April 29, 2020


  • Kevin McAleenan, former Acting Secretary of U.S. Homeland Security 
  • Martin Olmedo, Head of Supply Chain, Latin America, Roche
  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Council of the Americas (moderator)

In health crises, medical supply chains might be able to provide new business opportunities, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, production has slowed while demand has put countries' health systems and governments on edge.

AS/COA's Healthcare series hosted experts at the public and private sectors to discuss how to improve supply chain management and join public and private forces in responding to the pandemic. Kevin McAleenan said he sees opportunities for the Western Hemisphere to reduce dependency on China by increasing options for manufacturing medical supplies in the region. Roche's Martin Olmedo said it is important at this time to flexibilize regulations and be bold to keep up with demand. he said. McAleenan added that personal protection equipment production need to increase and countries should adopt a principle of dynamic management of supply chains to prioritize the needs where the crisis is more severe.