Issue: COVID-19 knows no borders, and its effects on people and the economy have taken a resounding toll on both sides of the U.S. – Mexico border. The people of the workforce and their families have been affected and subject to the local and regional resources and policies of their communities, and these effects have echoed into factories and industries, changes for migrant workers, and amplified to effects on trade and supply chains.
Objective: The Cross-Border Threat Screening and Supply Chain Defense (CBTS) Center of Excellence in partnership with the Texas A&M University College of Engineering, initiated a binational taskforce comprised of representatives from academia, industry and government, from the U.S. and Mexico to address the public health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on U.S. – Mexico workforce, supply chains, and trade.
Value Proposition: This project facilitated the identification, characterization and modeling of existing or potential threats to health and supply chain systems. It facilitated the assessment of the current state of vulnerability of health and supply chain systems and enabled the assessment of social, economic and environmental impacts that may be produced by likely combinations of threats and states of vulnerability of these systems.
Zenon Medina-Cetina, Ph.D., Texas A&M University associate professor, Zachry Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering