CIHR COVID-19 Rapid Research Response

Amidst the second wave of COVID-19, a successful vaccination campaign is widely viewed as the only way to overcome the pandemic. Although healthcare providers and industry worldwide have responded with an unprecedented rapid mass development of COVID-19 vaccines, Canada, like almost every country around the world, is facing challenges in mobilizing the capacity needed for rapid implementation of vaccination.   

In her most recent paper, An Evidence-Based Strategy to Scale Vaccination in Canada, Dr. Snowdon and her team present emerging findings and document the key challenges faced by current vaccine rollout strategies, which include procurement and leadership strategies, citizen engagement and limitations in supply chain capacity.    

Research findings indicate that a rapid, precise, and scalable vaccination strategy that protects Canadians from COVID-19 is achievable with a collaborative and inclusive leadership and integrated workforce strategy across Canadian jurisdictions. The value of supply chain best practices offers the automation and precision of vaccine distribution and the accurate capture of data to enable the tracking and traceability of every vaccine dose, along with the lot and batch number, received by every Canadian citizen who chooses to be vaccinated.  

The goal of vaccinating the entire Canadian population can be achieved when supported by a scalable vaccination strategy comprising collaborative leadership, mobilization of an integrated workforce and a digitally enabled supply chain.  

Click here to read the article, published in Longwoods.

The article authors are Anne W Snowdon, BScN, MSc, PhD, Alexandra Wright, MPA and Michael Saunders, PhD. 

Anne W. Snowdon is the scientific director and chief executive officer of SCAN Health, an international knowledge translation platform that engages health system leaders and supply chain experts to advance global capacity to adopt and scale best practices in the healthcare supply chain to offer traceability of products and care processes from bench to bedside to patient outcomes. She is a full professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Odette School of Business, University of Windsor in Windsor, ON.  

Alexandra Wright is a research analyst in the Supply Chain Advancement Network in Health (SCAN Health), University of Windsor. She is also a PhD candidate at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto in Toronto, ON. 

Michael Saunders is a postdoctoral fellow in the Supply Chain Advancement Network in Health (SCAN Health) at the University of Windsor in Windsor, ON.  

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