Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
Prior to COVID-19, planning for a Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) response primarily focused on regional or localized emergencies such as natural disasters or terrorist attacks.
The COVID-19 pandemic revealed vulnerabilities in the global medical supply chain that required the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to reassess, replenish and restructure the SNS to better protect the health and safety of all Americans.
next generation of the SNS will have the breadth and depth to meet the ongoing needs of COVID-19 as well as any future pandemic or public health emergency on a national scale. These changes and upgrades will bolster the U.S. industrial base for producing critical pharmaceuticals and medical supplies and, most importantly, will reduce America’s reliance on foreign suppliers and manufacturers. SNS 2.0 will ensure we are ready and resilient when the country needs us.
By fall 2020, HHS will achieve a capacity to meet 90 days of the most critical supplies for the COVID-19 response needs of the U.S. healthcare system.
To reach this goal, actions are underway to increase the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical items in the SNS, in the commercial supply chain, and at the point of use, such as hospitals.
The SNS will focus on five priority areas to bolster national health security and ensure readiness:
Replenishing the SNS
Refining SNS strategy and structure
Establishing a distributor working model
Expanding the supply chain control tower
Expanding domestic manufacturing
For further questions or information about the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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