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 unprepared.


Amid a surge in Covid-19 cases, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said it had “expanded production capacity” of medical supplies amid reports of shortages of fever and cold medicines.

Local authorities are restricting the sale of fever medicines, down to pills, NTD said.

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

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning said at a press briefing on Friday that the drugs are “generally in sufficient supply.”

According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry website, Mao Ning stressed that China has undertaken to “refine” response measures to make them more “scientific, targeted and effective”.

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“As the Covid situation enters a new phase, we have undertaken to refine the response measures to make them more scientifically up-to-date, more targeted and more effective. The Joint Prevention and Control System of the State Council has held several press conferences. To explain the latest situation and the new measures. ,” Mao Ning said.

According to China’s Foreign Ministry website, Mao Ning also said, “We have seen increasing vaccination rates, strengthened treatment capacity and increased production capacity of medical supplies, which are generally in sufficient supply at the moment. China’s Covid situation is on top. Completely predictable and under control. We I believe that with the concerted efforts of the Chinese people, China’s economic and social enterprise will soon enter a new stage of stable and orderly growth.”

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According to CNN, local versions of Tylenol and Advil are almost impossible to find in pharmacies in China, sparking outrage across the country. To calm panic buying, regional governments have introduced measures to limit sales and increase supplies of the popular fever medicine. Some regions have begun limiting the amount of the drug for sale to pills.

On Dec. 20, more than 500 drugstores in the Chinese city of Zhuhai committed to “uninterrupted supply” of fever-reducing drugs, including ibuprofen, the municipal government said in a statement, according to CNN. 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 news reports, drug sales are limited to a maximum of six tablets or 100 milliliters (3 ounces) of liquid per customer. Nanjing is committed to ensuring a daily supply of medicine. However, they did not give details on what kind of drugs to share to buy in 150 drug stores.

(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and appeared on a syndicated feed.)

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