Recording webinar Connected Planning for Covid-19 vaccine distribution


Supply Chain Media organized a webinar about Connected Planning for Covid-19 vaccine distribution.

The planning task associated with quickly vaccinating billions of people around the world against Covid-19 is staggering. Even when reduced to one county or state, the logistical challenge is massive. Several pharmaceutical companies have developed vaccines for Covid-19 and have to ship these under different specific conditions worldwide as quickly as possible, after extensive trials, the formal approval by the World Health Organization (WHO) and massive production with help from other pharma companies. The final distribution to the different and often changing groups of healthcare workers and citizens is an extremely complex puzzle with a lot of unexpected bottlenecks.

While there are applications and portals being implemented to help individuals make an appointment, the vastly more complex back-end planning effort is still reliant on manual inputs, offline spreadsheets and time-consuming data wrangling. To plan effectively, governments, hospitals, pharmacies, and others need a powerful platform for managing the evolving needs and modeling paths to success. Anaplan and Tata Consultancy Services have designed such a solution.

Jan Fransoo, a professor of Operations and Logistics Management at Tilburg University and Eindhoven University of Technology, is leading a team advising the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM) on optimizing the logistics of the Covid-19 vaccinations in the Netherlands. Fransoo: “Our aim is to help make sure that decision-making is based on the best possible insights from logistics science and practice, so that vaccination can proceed optimally in terms of logistics.”


  • Martijn Lofvers, Founder & Chief Trendwatcher at Supply Chain Media


  • Jan Fransoo, Professor of Operations and Logistics Management at Tilburg University and Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Ara Gopal, Head of Industry & Partner Solutions at Anaplan
  • Muralidharan Murugesan, Global Head, Strategic Solutions, Enterprise Application Services at Tata Consultancy Services

Missed the webinar?

The recorded webinar is available on the YouTube channel of Supply Chain Movement. The slide deck is available for download below.

Download: Slide deck Connected Planning for Covid-19 vaccine distribution