COVID-19 (Coronavirus): ADB's Response

ADB is supporting its developing members in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak through finance, knowledge, and partnerships.

ADB Business Outreach Activities for COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Recognizing the urgency of the global coronavirus pandemic, ADB announced a $20 billion package to address the immediate needs of its DMCs as they respond to COVID-19.

As part of the response, ADB has engaged with the international business community to:

  • understand and connect with the global market and
  • facilitate regional support for emergency procurement of COVID-19 related critical products.

This page contains information on ADB’s business outreach efforts as well as data and guidance related to the sovereign operations procurement of goods, works, non-consulting and consulting services in response to COVID-19.

How you can participate in ADB COVID-19 Procurement and Consulting Services

ADB welcomes collaboration with suppliers, professional specialists, private sector companies, NGOs and civil society organizations, as well as other knowledge partners to support our DMCs in their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and help build long-term systemic resilience within supply chains. Get in touch

In particular, ADB invites specialists with expertise in the following areas to submit an Expression of Interest for the possible future framework agreements with ADB or its DMCs:

  1. Strategic Planning, Logistics, and Operational Planning Expert (specialized on vaccines and quality care)
  2. Vaccine Cold Chain Specialist
  3. Vaccine Pharmacovigilance and Regulatory Affairs Expert
  4. Vaccine Testing Technical Support, and cGMP Compliance Specialist
  5. Water, Sanitation an Hygiene (WASH) and Water-related Health Specialist
  6. Health Systems Expert (specializing in vaccine delivery systems)
  7. Vaccine System Modeling expert

To access information on ADB-financed COVID-19 related projects and procurement of goods, works, and non-consulting and consulting services required for these projects, please visit ADB's Consultant Services Recruitment Notices Portal and refine the results.

More information can be accessed on ADB's Projects and Tenders page from the links below.

COVID-19 Products Market Research

Through its $20 billion package, ADB will support its DMCs in the procurement of goods and equipment required for emergency response. While the exact needs of each DMC vary, the types of products required are those recommended by WHO for COVID-19.

ADB COVID-19 Goods and Equipment

Amidst the urgent global needs and lack of supply, ADB is working with various government and industry stakeholders to facilitate the efficient mobilization of COVID-19 related supplies to its DMCs. In recognition of the fast-moving and complex market for critical care products and personal protective equipment for patients and frontline workers, ADB has undertaken a range of activities to identify and assess manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers of COVID-19 related items for possible procurement by ADB or its Borrowers.

ADB Expression of Interest

If you are interested in further engagement with ADB, or its DMCs, for the supply of COVID-19 related goods and equipment, please complete our form. The form provides ADB with basic information to help us assess suppliers capabilities to support our activities.

Market research findings, as of January 2021

Supply Chain Maps

Supply Chain Maps for Pandemic-Fighting Products

Supply Chain Maps for Pandemic-Fighting Products, an interactive mapping tool developed to better equip banks, investors, governments, procurement, and health care professionals with the information they need to engage with companies involved in manufacturing and distributing goods critical to fighting the COVID-19. This tool was partly informed by the ADB publication "Global Shortage of Personal Protective Equipment Amid COVID-19".

ADB Procurement Response to COVID-19

ADB's Procurement, Portfolio and Financial Management Department (PPFD) undertook the following activities to support global efforts to combat the pandemic:

  • Adapted a flexible and agile procurement processes to facilitate emergency procurement of medical supplies
  • Enhanced hands-on operational procurement and logistics support to DMCs
  • Undertook supply market assessment for critical medical goods and health expertise
  • Provided Training and Awareness Building

In particular, ADB made a conscious decision to go beyond its normal fiduciary due diligence role to undertake direct procurement of critical medical goods as an immediate response to the urgent needs of the DMCs. Some examples of direct procurement include:

In addition to the above, ADB supports its DMCs through COVID-19 related operational procurement under loan and grant projects, as part of ADB’s $20 billion total assistance package. The following table shows the status of COVID-19 related procurement in ADB investment program only. Information relating to the countercyclical COVID-19 Pandemic Response Option facility and Policy Based Lending support part of the $20 billion assistance package can be accessed at /what-we-do/covid19-coronavirus

2020 Procurement of Goods, Works, and Consulting Services ($ M), as of 13 August 2020

  COVID-Related Normal Operations Total
Consulting Services 2.4 373.8 376.2
 Grant 0.2 79.7 79.9
 Loan   172.3 172.3
 RETA 9550 0.3   0.3
 TA 1.9 121.8 123.7
Goods, Works, and Non-Consulting Services 346.1 4,481.2 4,827.3
 Grant 7.5 185.2 192.7
 Loan 304.0 4,285.2 4,589.2
 RETA 9550 29.5   29.5
 TA 5.1 10.8 15.9
Total 348.5 4,855.0 5,203.5



Factories to Hospitals, ADB Assures Quality and Timely Delivery of Medical Supplies

ADB is delivering much-needed medical supplies, such as PPEs, testing kits, diagnostic equipment, lab reagents, and other essential items, to protect frontline healthcare workers in the region to help them fight against this contagious disease.


From factories to hospitals: The journey of emergency supplies during a pandemic

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) in June 2020 was faced with the challenging task of delivering urgently needed personnel protective equipment (PPEs) to member countries in Southeast, East, Central, and West Asia, at a time when travel and transport restrictions were at their most severe.


ADB ensures quality assurance and controls to emergency PPE supplies against COVID-19

In order to provide a steady supply of personal protective equipment (PPEs) to 13 developing countries in East Asia, Central and West Asia, and Southeast Asia, the Asian Development Bank, after a competitive bidding process, placed an order of quality PPEs with IDA Foundation worth around $5.6 million.