Will the Demands of COVID-19 on Supply Chains Bring Lasting Transformations, or Is It a Passing Train?

Prashant Yadav
Iain Barton
Pinar Keskinocak
Bindiya Vakil
July 06, 2020

COVID-19 has disrupted nearly all facets of human life; how we learn, work, socialize, engage in commerce, and more. But prior to the pandemic, most of us didn’t give much thought to how our food or cleaning products end up on store shelves, or what it took for our medications to be available for pickup at the pharmacy.

We’ve also seen firsthand the shortages afflicting doctors, nurses, and other frontline health workers trying to save lives while also keeping themselves safe. We wrongly assumed items like masks, gowns, gloves, and other protective equipment were in ample supply as needed.

For our first Debates in Development since the outbreak of the pandemic, CGD senior fellow Prashant Yadav and three other experts talk about the longer-term implications of COVID-19's impact on the global health supply chain and whether the crisis presents opportunities to make long-discussed reforms up and down the line.

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