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Rob Handfield Discusses Further Concerns with Vaccine Rollout Due to Supply Chain Problems

As the U.S. begins to distribute the COVID-19 vaccines, many healthcare workers and citizens are wondering why certain areas of the country are behind in the distribution process. Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, and the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative saw the problem initially in Operation Warp Speed and the major operational issues in the global supply chain.

“Using data from the Homeland Infrastructure Foundation, we identified what the public refrigerated warehouse map actually looks like,” said Handfield. “Major urban centers, especially the Northeast and Midwest, are in pretty good shape. But then you have this huge gap in the center of the country – the Dakotas, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, parts of West Texas – where there isn’t a lot of cold storage capacity.”

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