In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring hospitals, providers, pharmacies and their patients got the critical medicines and healthcare supplies they needed had never been more important than before. However, the groundwork and foundation for a resilient healthcare supply chain was built and strengthened long before the SARS-CoV-2 virus first made an appearance on the global stage.
In the latest episode of “We Can Do It!” from National Consumers League (NCL), Dr. Nicolette Louissaint, Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategic Planning at HDA, chats with host Sally Greenberg, Executive Director of NCL, on how healthcare distributors leveraged their logistics expertise and partnerships to ensure supply chain resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of this discussion, Dr. Louissaint highlights the critical role that distributors played to help ensure a smooth COVID-19 vaccine roll-out.
“There have been complexities and challenges that the distributors have been overcoming since the very beginning of this pandemic,” explains Dr. Louissaint.
During the episode, Dr. Louissaint and Greenberg also dive into the importance of the Strategic National Stockpile and preparing for the “next big thing.” Dr. Louissaint also shares her personal journey of becoming one of the top experts in supply chains and the biomedical field.