The US healthcare system’s reliance on a global supply chain and just-in-time delivery has been good for the bottom line. However, critical shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) have recently raised awareness of the vulnerability of supply chains across the country and around the globe, as many systems struggle to cope. While the current shortages are largely due to the Covid-19 pandemic causing an enormous surge in demand at the same time that supply chains are interrupted, similar disruptions can be expected in the coming years and decades as communities begin to experience the effects of climate change.

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