Side Meetings


Supply Chain Resilience for Health Emergency Preparedness and Response in Asia: Considerations for Strategic Stockpiling of Countermeasures and Materials


  • 14:00 - 17:30 HRS. (BKK)

  • Venue : Lotus Suite 1

  • Contact Person : Emma Ross,

  • Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs
  • National Health Security Office (NHSO), Thailand
  • International Heath Policy Program (IHPP), Thailand

Recent global shocks such as the Covid-19 pandemic have highlighted major vulnerabilities in the global supply chain and distribution infrastructure for medical countermeasures (MCMs) against biothreats. There is a pressing need to identify ways to improve preparedness for future pandemics and other health emergencies, whether in response to deliberate, accidental, or natural biothreats, and to address the significant inequities in access to countermeasures, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Several countries and regions are engaging in initiatives to improve biosecurity and pandemic responses through strategic stockpiling of MCMs, but guidance on the breadth of considerations for effective and efficient planning and deployment of strategic stockpiles is severely lacking.

This is a half-day session to examine vital issues to be considered when planning and implementing strategic stockpiles in/for the Asia region. It will inform wider work being conducted by Chatham House that is envisioned to result in a tailored guide for decision-makers seeking to establish or refine strategic stockpiling efforts, co-developed with expected users of the tool.