Health care stocks are divided into several separate types of stockpiles and their management is organised by several organisations in Estonia. For example, the Health Board keeps a stockpile of vaccines and, in cooperation with the Tartu University Hospital Foundation, also a stockpile of hospital drugs.
The task of ESPA is to keep the stockpile of personal protective equipment (PPE) of the state and in the near future, to also form a stockpile of pharmacy drugs.
During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020–2021, the PPE operating stockpile was formed by the Ministry of Finance and since autumn 2021, it is managed by ESPA. The purpose of the operating stockpile of personal protective equipment is to ensure the availability of products in quantities corresponding to one month’s peak consumption by hospitals, ambulances, and social welfare institutions.
In total, more than 40 million units of personal protective equipment, such as protective masks, respirators, overalls, suits, glasses, and nitrile gloves, have been bought for ESPA.
Currently, Estonia’s supply of personal protective equipment is excellent, bordering on surplus, as the warehouses of different parties have stocks of some product groups even for several years.
The current task of ESPA is to optimise the personal protective equipment stocks of Estonia and to gradually replace the already purchased products with a delegated stockpile located in the warehouses of wholesale companies to ensure more economical management and smart renewal of the goods.