Public Health Supply Chain and Industrial Base
The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has significantly tested the U.S. public health supply chain and industrial base. It has strained global supply chains and exposed critical vulnerabilities in the Nation’s ability to deliver effective health care during times of high demand. Despite the challenges encountered since early 2020, the United States has made great progress to strengthen the public health supply chain and to address concerns regarding domestic manufacturing and supply chain surge capabilities.
One year ago, President Joseph R. Biden issued Executive Order (EO) 14017, “On America’s Supply Chains.” In response to EO 14017, the Department of Health and Human Services is proud to report what it has done to help make our public health supply chain and industrial base more resilient, diverse, and secure. This report identifies the successes and practical strategies that HHS is implementing to further the U.S. Government’s goals for America’s public health supply chain and industrial base.
Despite these great strides towards a more resilient public health supply chain, challenges remain. The actions outlined in this report ensure the U.S. is better prepared for the next public health emergency. We look forward to working towards a stronger and more resilient public health supply chain and industrial base so we can better protect the health of the Nation during public health emergencies.
/s/ Xavier Becerra
Secretary of Health and Human Services
Department of Health and Human Services