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COVID-19 Supply Chain Resources
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January 22, 2021

Topic Collection: COVID-19 Supply Chain Resources

This Topic Collection focuses on plans, tools, templates, and other immediately implementable resources to help with COVID-19 preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts, focusing on the supply chain.

Please refer to CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 webpage for the most up-to-date clinical guidance on COVID19 outbreak management.

If you have COVID-19 best or promising practices, plans, tools, or templates to share with your peers, please visit the ASPR TRACIE Information Exchange COVID-19 Information Sharing Page (registration required) and place your resources under the relevant topic area. Resources specific to the supply chain can be placed under the COVID-19 Supply Chain Resources Topic.

General Resources


This tip sheet identifies 10 actions for hospitals to consider related to the blood supply during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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American Hospital Association. (2021). Dynamic Ventilator Reserve. (Added 1/11/2021.)
This page offers information about the Dynamic Ventilator Reserve program, with links to FAQs and online submission of information about health systems willing to contribute or borrow ventilators during shortages.
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American Society of Microbiology. (2021). Supply Shortages Impacting COVID-19 and Non-COVID Testing. (Added 1/11/2021.)
This article presents weekly data from the Clinical Microbiology Supply Shortage Collection (CMSSC) tool about shortages of COVID-19 and non-COVID testing supplies.
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This document provides an overview of the emergency planning and response considerations of healthcare supply chain owners, operators, and end users, as well as insights for healthcare coalitions (HCCs) working with healthcare supply chain partners on preparedness, response, and recovery. It aims to capture key changes during serious or catastrophic events, compared to normal supply chain operations, as well as planning and response contingencies.
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Health Industry Distributors Association. (2021). HIDA FAQ: Vetting Offers for PPE From Unknown Sources. (Added 1/11/2021.)
This page links to an updated, downloadable file listing frequently asked questions about determining the validity of sources offering personal protective equipment, and identifies additional sources to consult when making these determinations.
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. (2020). NPPTL Respirator Assessments to Support the COVID-19 Response. (Added 12/15/2020.) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Considering only the particulate filter efficiency of respirators, this page provides the results of limited assessments of international respirators conducted by the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL).
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Northwest Healthcare Response Network. (2020). COVID-19 Resource Request Questions.
This document is a list of questions healthcare coalition members should consider before placing resource requests.
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U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2021). FAQs on Testing for SARS-CoV-2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This page answers frequently asked questions about the development and performance of SARS-CoV-2 tests for clinical laboratories, commercial manufacturers, and FDA staff.
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U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2021). FAQs on the EUAs for Non-NIOSH Approved Respirators During the COVID-19 Pandemic. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This page answers frequently asked questions about non-NIOSH-approved respirators and specifically about those manufactured in China, questions for the manufacturers and importers, and questions about what health care personnel need to know about changes to the emergency use authorization and actions they should take as a result of the changes.
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U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2021). Information for Health Care Facilities and Providers on “In-Use Time”. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
In light of reported challenges in maintaining an adequate supply of certain medicines for treatment of COVID-19, the FDA offers information about recommended "in-use time" for selected products.
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U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2021). Testing Supply Substitution Strategies. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
In this illustrated PowerPoint presentation the FDA provides “validated supply alternatives that labs can use to continue performing testing when there is a supply issue with some components of a test.”
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Medical Supplies


American Society of Anesthesiologists and Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation. (2020). APSF/ASA Guidance on Repurposing Anesthesia Machines as ICU Ventilators. (Added 4/7/2020.)
These resources jointly developed by the American Society of Anesthesiologists and Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation guide the safe and effective use of anesthesia machines as intensive care unit (ICU) ventilators should supply be insufficient during the COVID-19 pandemic. Resources include a guidance document on purposing anesthesia machines as ICU ventilators, a quick reference bedside tool on setup and monitoring instructions, guidance on use of volatile anesthetic for sedation of ICU patients, and a procedural checklist for supporting patients during the anesthesia machine power up test.
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American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. (n.d.). Current Drug Shortages. (Accessed 10/9/2020.)
This website provides information about current and previous (resolved) drug shortages, discontinued drugs and preparations not commercially available. An API allows the feed to be embedded on your own website.
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Association for Health Care Resource & Materials Management. (2020). Companies Offering COVID-19 Supplies, Technology, and Services at No Cost. American Hospital Association.
This resource page lists companies offering COVID-19 supplies, technology, and services at no cost. The listing includes details on what each company offers and where to find additional information about how to access the available resources.
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Association for Health Care Resource & Materials Management. (2020). Vetted Non-Traditional Suppliers Offering PPE and Other Supplies and Services. (Added 5/15/2020.) American Hospital Association.
This resource page provides information on vendors that do not typically serve the healthcare system that are interested in supporting the personal protective equipment and other supply needs of hospitals and healthcare providers. Interested suppliers submit a form and names, contact information, and available product types are displayed on the resource page after the vendors are vetted.
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This page addresses possible concerns about the recommended use and supply of needles during this period of high demand due to COVID-19, influenza, and other vaccinations.
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This fact sheet (updated in September 2020) provides an overview of key practices and resources to help consumers understand approved and authorized use of respirators, to avoid purchasing fraudulent products, and to report fraud or potentially fraudulent distributors, resellers, or other suppliers.
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Food and Drug Administration. (2020). Medical Device Shortages During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. (Added 8/25/2020.) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This page - updated as needed - lists medical devices in shortage during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
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Food and Drug Administration. (2020). Ventilators and Ventilator Accessories EUAs. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This page lists ventilators, ventilator tubing connectors, and ventilator accessories authorized for use during the COVID-19 pandemic under an emergency use authorization.
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In-Q-Tel. (2020). COVID-19 Testing Database. (Functions in browsers other than Explorer.)
This COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) diagnostic testing database tool allows users to determine by platform type, sample type, laboratory or test kit requirement, and name of test or company the wide array of diagnostic tests available in the marketplace. Links are included to each test's emergency use authorization for additional information. The database is updated as new tests are authorized.
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This document outlines a process states can use to gather hospital data needed to identify where ventilators are needed and deliver them directly to receiving hospitals. Access the accompanying Excel spreadsheet here: https://files.asprtracie.hhs.gov/documents/covid-state-ventilator-planning-template.xlsx.
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. (2020). PPE Tracker App. (Added 5/29/2020.) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This mobile application - based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's PPE Burn Rate Calculator - allows healthcare facilities to calculate their remaining supply of personal protective equipment based on current inventory levels and their burn rate.
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National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Food and Drug Administration, Veterans Healthcare Administration, and America Makes. (2020). COVID-19 Supply Chain Response.
This resource page provides information on 3D printing of medical devices during the COVID-19 pandemic. Users may submit designs for review. Designs are tagged as Prototype, Community Use, Clinical Review, Submitted for FDA Review, FDA Emergency Use Authorization, and Warning. Each design may be downloaded and is accompanied by information on how to make the item, how it is intended to be used, notes from reviewers, and star ratings.
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RAND Corporation. (2020). A Mechanism to Reduce Medical Supply Shortfalls During Pandemics. (Added 5/20/2020.)
This report proposes incentivizing regions with low numbers of cases during a pandemic not to hold or acquire unused medical supplies that are needed in regions with high case counts by guaranteeing they will be prioritized to receive supplies when they are needed to managing increasing numbers of cases. A centralized pool of dedicated resources would be available to draw upon as a backstop.
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Srdanovic, A. (2020). Centering on Coronavirus Medical Supply Shortages. (Added 6/29/2020) The New Center.
This issue brief highlights challenges to the COVID-19 supply chain, describes federal actions taken to improve availability of supplies, and suggests actions to secure the nation's supply chain in the future.
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2020). Optimizing Ventilator Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
This page provides links to information about how the federal government and its partners are working to address potential ventilator shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Agencies and Organizations


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America's Blood Centers. Coronavirus Resources.
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Association for Health Care Resources & Materials Management. Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update. American Hospital Association.
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Health Industry Distributors Association. COVID-19 Resource Center.
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National Association of Chain Drug Stores. COVID-19 Member Resources.
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U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
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