Henry Schein has received a $53.4 million contract from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to store and distribute 80,000 pallets of personal protective equipment (PPE) and products related to COVID-19 to support the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), which is part of the Office of Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at HHS.
This agreement will further ASPR’s efforts to leverage the collective strengths of the public and private sectors to maximize the breadth of coverage and capabilities, minimize vulnerabilities, and facilitate an expedited response to public health crises and other emergencies, Henry Schein said.
“We are honored to have been selected to serve HHS in such a critical capacity, and we look forward to supporting the efforts of ASPR, along with state and local agencies, to provide additional resources and infrastructure needed to get healthcare products where they are needed most,” said Stanley M. Bergman, chairman of the board and CEO of Henry Schein.
“This pandemic is a painful reminder that it is vital for healthcare workers to have the protection they need for their safety and to care for their patients,” said Bergman.
“As a solutions provider to the federal government, we strongly support ASPR’s strategy to expand and enhance the SNS and its capabilities to supplement state and local medical supplies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and for future public health emergencies,” Bergman said.
Henry Schein said that it has a long history of serving the United States government, including throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure the quick and efficient distribution of medical supplies to those most in need.
The company also said that it has supported the HHS COVID-19 Supply Chain Task Force since its inception in 2020, which was originally managed by the White House and then the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Further, Henry Schein said, it worked with the SNS to deliver essential products to COVID-19 testing sites and collaborated with the United States government to source and accelerate the availability of PPE to safeguard and support frontline healthcare workers.
“Adequate stock of emergency medical supplies at the point of care is essential to combat public health crises,” said Brad Connett, president of the US Medical Group at Henry Schein Medical.
“We recognize that effective inventory management requires extensive logistical and administrative capabilities to maintain, coordinate, and distribute inventory when the entire spectrum of the US healthcare system is activated,” Connett said.
“In collaboration with SNS, we are well positioned to engage our innovative logistics capabilities to deploy essential PPE and COVID-19 related products to health professionals who are vital in our nation’s frontline response,” he said.