Lean and Green Modelling in Healthcare Supply Chains: The Case of Massive COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

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Abstract

In more than 100 years, the first global pandemic COVID-19 has proliferated all over the world at an unprecedented speed. The biopharmaceutical industry is moving fast to discovering a vaccine while governments scaling up to overcome the complex task of a global vaccination program. Now the race is on to organize supply chains to distribute billions of vaccines around the world. The logistic of the distribution vaccine requires a huge amount of people, transportation equipment, and storage equipment for low temperatures to handle the highly perishable vaccine. The process requires a just-in-time environment to get the population as fast as possible, in the right conditions for each one of the individuals that need to take the vaccine. This is huge shipping, transportation, and distribution challenge. It inspired us to reflect on the requirements of a massive COVID-19 vaccine distribution; and to contribute to the process improvement, adapting previous research work on lean and green supply chain modelling. Considering the high number of challenges, this work intends to develop a lean and green model for the healthcare supply chain. An overview of developing the coronavirus vaccine supply chain, identifying and systematizing recent trends, and the impact of COVID-19 on global supply chain management is considered. How lean and green supply chain practices can help in the vaccine supply chain.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 4th European Rome Conference 2021
EditorsMario Fargnoli, Mara Lombardi, Massimo Tronci, Patrick Dallasega, Matteo Mario Savino, Francesco Costantino, Giulio Di Gravio, Riccardo Patriarca
PublisherIEOM Society
Pages912-921
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781792361272
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event4th European International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, IEOM 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 2 Aug 20215 Aug 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
PublisherIEOM Society
ISSN (Electronic)2169-8767

Conference

Conference4th European International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, IEOM 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period2/08/215/08/21

Keywords

  • COVAX Facility
  • COVID-19 vaccine
  • Healthcare
  • Lean
  • Lean-Green Supply Chain Management

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