Rethinking the Role of the Strategic National Stockpile

from RAND Research Topic: Health and Health Care at on June 30, 2020 at 05:48PM

Pandemics present a high risk of medical supply shortfalls. But shortfalls in “hot spot” regions could be reduced by minimizing idle inventory and acquisitions of new supplies in regions where the number of infections is low. A backstop mechanism could help assure these “cool spots” that, if they release supplies and delay acquiring new supplies, they will have priority access in the future.