Pandemics' Effects on Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Supply Chains and the Lessons Learned   [open pdf - 0B]

This paper was presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Masters of Science degree. From the Thesis Abstract: "This research paper focuses on how the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019], has affected the personal protective equipment (PPE) supply chain. The severity of COVID-19 and its impacts on the PPE supply chain were compared with the impacts of other viral diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), and EBOLA. The methods of controlling these outbreaks in its originating locations were also explored. These methods and their linkage to PPE supply chain disruptions were evident in the research. This paper also discussed the importance of resilient and viable supply chains to withstand future diseases that scientists state are forthcoming. Besides incorporating factors to build resilient supply chains, suppliers must also consider recommendations that experts state are vital to survival. This paper concluded that if significant improvements are not made to the PPE supply chain, the implications will cause unavoidable damage to suppliers of all tiers."

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