Medical Supply Chains

This series is part of an ongoing investigation by the Global Reporting Centre, The Associated Press, and the PBS series FRONTLINE that examines the deadly consequences of the fragmented worldwide medical supply chain.

This series is generously supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Humanity United, and The University of British Columbia.

Depleted national stockpile contributed to COVID PPE shortage

Sources both inside and outside the government raised alarms, pre-COVID, about leaving the nation and its frontline healthcare workers without a PPE safety net. But in the absence of an acute crisis, fully replenishing the stockpile was not a priority.