Next Supply Chain Challenge: Syringes

An estimated 14 to 19 billion incremental injections will be required by year-end 2022 to vaccinate the world's population against COVID-19 while supplying related boosters and adjuvants. In response, the industry is shifting billions of syringes from routine vaccinations and therapeutics to COVID, increasing existing capacity, and building new manufacturing sites for syringes. 

Yet COVID's supply chain is still expected to fall short. What is the source of this looming shortage? Is “syringe nationalism” causing export embargoes? How is the industry responding? Is it a supply chain problem?  

In this webinar, three experts in pharma and global health discuss potential solutions including, 

  • Onshoring of production 
  • Increasing capacity in existing plants 
  • Investing in new facilities 
  • Need for Government funding of long-term supply chain infrastructure 
  • Resources and technical know-how required for production 
  • Need for trained local personnel to put “shots in arms”  

Featured Speaker

Ed Kelley, PhD
Chief Global Health Officer
ApiJect

Dr. Ed Kelley joined ApiJect after serving as the World Health Organization’s Director of Integrated Health Services, where he helped lead the organization’s COVID-19 response, creating WHO’s first public-private collaboration working directly with the industry to improve health services and patient safety. In addition, he led WHO’s work for a Global Strategy on Digital Health. Prior to WHO, Dr. Kelley served as Director of the U.S. National Healthcare Reports at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

Omair Ahmed
Chief Strategy Officer
Nexus Pharmaceuticals

Omair Ahmed joined Nexus Pharmaceuticals in 2011 as Director of Trade Relations and quickly advanced to positions of increasing responsibility with the commercial business. As Chief Strategy Officer, Mr. Ahmed is responsible for growth strategy and strategic partnerships to continue to expand Nexus Pharmaceuticals' reach and impact. Prior to Nexus Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Ahmed worked in field sales at Beckman Coulter. Mr. Ahmed holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Francis Kateh, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Government of Liberia

Dr. Francis Kateh is Liberia’s Deputy Minister of Health and Chief Medical Officer. His Public Health Disaster Preparedness degree led to close work with the U.S. CDC. Following his return to Liberia, he assumed increasingly responsible leadership roles for the Ministry of Health during the Ebola outbreak from 2014 onward. He has represented Liberia at the WHO and World Health Assembly, advising WHO on medical safety and public health preparedness. His recent Washington Post op-ed highlighted the global, COVID-driven shortage of vaccine syringes.

Date:  Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Time:  11am ET / 2pm PT
Duration:  1 Hour

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