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From PPE shortages to COVID-19 vaccine distribution, the supply chain has emerged as a determinant of health

By Adel Guitouni, Associate Professor, Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria
Jie Zhang, Associate professor, Service Management, University of Victoria
Nadine Schuurman, Professor, Geographic Information Science, Simon Fraser University
Valorie A. Crooks, Professor, Department of Geography and Canada Research Chair in Health Service Geographies, Simon Fraser University
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Toilet paper. Hand sanitizer. Coffee. Over the past year, many people have probably spent more time thinking about their abilities to gather basic supplies than in other recent times.

Supply chains are the networks involved in getting products to their final buyer or user, such as the toilet paper many of us were desperately tracking down in early 2020. As with most things, supply chains are actually quite complex. This is especially so in the context of a crisis, such as the…

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