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How to Prepare Supply Chains for the Next Global Shock

How to Prepare Supply Chains for the Next Global Shock

Barrons, April 8, 2021

Supply chains have taken a beating in the past year. The ripple effects of the blockage of the Suez Canal suggest that concerns will linger well past the end of the pandemic. Indeed, 87% of supply chain professionals said in a Gartner survey that their companies are planning to invest in resiliency. To improve supply chain resiliency, what should governments and businesses do differently?

What will the easing of restrictions mean for businesses and the pandemic?

What will the easing of restrictions mean for businesses and the pandemic?

Atlanta Journal Constitution, April 7, 2021

For months, the dining room tables at South City Kitchen in Buckhead have been the state-mandated 6 feet apart for the safety of employees and guests. And the indoor seating won’t be moving any closer today, when Gov. Brian Kemp’s new coronavirus emergency order will allow tables to be as close as 42 inches.

Reopening Schools: Are Parents Doing Their Homework?

Reopening Schools: Are Parents Doing Their Homework?

The New American, April 6, 2021

The handwriting on the wall was but a hazy ink back in January, when talks were beginning to form among educators, administrators, and teachers’ unions about how to reopen schools. For millions of American students, the transition will not be easy. Most have been out of the classroom for beyond a year, and many now struggle with depression owing to months of social isolation — suicide rates among America’s youth are skyrocketing. Yet instead of addressing students’ academic, psychological, and emotional needs, school district administrators and teachers’ unions remain hyper-focused on establishing and maintaining COVID-19 safety protocols, “welcoming” students back into what sounds more like a Communist-run system than a nurturing educational environment.

Today’s global economy runs on standardized shipping containers, as the Ever Given fiasco illustrates

Today’s global economy runs on standardized shipping containers, as the Ever Given fiasco illustrates

The Conversation, April 5, 2021

Perhaps you’re snacking on a banana, sipping some coffee or sitting in front of your computer and taking a break from work to read this article. Most likely, those goods – as well as your smartphone, refrigerator and virtually every other object in your home – were once loaded onto a large container in another country and traveled thousands of miles via ships crossing the ocean before ultimately arriving at your doorstep. 

Walgreens not following U.S. guidance on Pfizer vaccine spacing

Walgreens not following U.S. guidance on Pfizer vaccine spacing

The Seattle Times, April 5, 2021

Walgreens has inoculated hundreds of thousands of Americans against COVID-19 this year using the vaccine developed by Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech. But the pharmacy chain has not been following guidance from federal health officials about the timing of second doses.

How Alarmed Should We Be About the 15 Million Tossed J&J Vaccines?

How Alarmed Should We Be About the 15 Million Tossed J&J Vaccines?

Slate, April 2, 2021

On Wednesday, Johnson & Johnson acknowledged that a huge batch of vaccines—enough for 15 million doses—had to be tossed out after it was found to have been contaminated during the production process. Soon afterward, several outlets reported that the company producing the vaccine at that Baltimore facility, Emergent BioSolutions, had been cited multiple times before for quality control issues. The sheer number of doses that were discarded, and the idea of a “contamination” of a COVID vaccine, has raised plenty of questions.