Amid Covid Surge, China Says Medicines In “Adequate Supply”

Amid Covid surge, China says drugs in 'adequate supply'

The sudden change in China’s COVID-19 policy has left pharmaceutical companies ill-prepared.

Beijing:

Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, China’s foreign ministry said it had “expanded production capacity” of medical supplies amid reports of shortages of fever and cold medicine.

Local authorities are restricting the sale of fever medicines, down to the pill, NTD reported.

A sudden change in China’s COVID-19 policy has left pharmaceutical companies unprepared to deal with the surge in COVID-19 cases. This has resulted in a shortage of medicines needed for fever and colds, according to the NTD.

Speaking at a press briefing on Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning said the drugs were “generally in adequate stock.”

According to China’s Foreign Ministry website, Mao Ning stressed that China has taken the initiative to “refine” its response measures to make them “scientific, more targeted and more effective.”

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“Given that the COVID situation has entered a new phase, we have taken the initiative to perfect the response measures in order to make them more modern scientifically, more targeted and more effective. The Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council held several press conferences. to explain the latest situation and new measures,” Mao Ning said.

According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry website, Mao Ning further said: “We have seen increasing vaccination rates, strengthening treatment capacity and expanding the production capacity of medical supplies, which are generally in adequate supply at this time.” The situation with COVID in China is completely predictable and under control. We believe that with the concerted efforts of the Chinese people, China’s economic and social enterprises will soon enter a new phase of stable and orderly growth.”

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Local versions of Tylenol and Advil are nearly impossible to find in pharmacies in China, fueling outrage across the nation, according to CNN. To calm panic buying, regional governments have launched measures to limit sales and increase supply of popular fever medicines. Some regions have begun to limit the amount of drugs for sale, down to the pill.

On Dec. 20, more than 500 drugstores in the Chinese city of Zhuhai pledged to “continually supply” a number of fever-reducing drugs, including ibuprofen, according to a statement from the municipal government, CNN reported. However, there are strict limits on what people can buy.

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People can buy only one form of a particular fever medicine. According to a news report, drug sales are limited to a maximum of six tablets or 100 milliliters (3 ounces) of liquid per customer. Nanjing has pledged to provide a daily supply of medicine. However, they did not provide details on the type of drugs that must be dispensed for purchase at the 150 drug stores.

(Other than the headline, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and was published from a syndicated feed.)

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