Caixin
Dec 26, 2022 09:09 AM
CHINA

Cover Story: After China’s Covid U-Turn, A ‘Tsunami’ of Infected Strip Bare Pharmacy Shelves

Shelves in pharmacies across China quickly emptied as people scrambled to stock up medicines
Shelves in pharmacies across China quickly emptied as people scrambled to stock up medicines

China’s abrupt end last month to the “zero-Covid” policy that the government had doggedly stuck to for three years and lauded as the reason it had thus far avoided the mass infections and death toll seen overseas caught most by surprise.

Far more predictably, however, has been the outcome: the rapid spread of the virus across the country, causing untold numbers of infections and deaths and an acute shortage of everyday medicines used to treat the symptoms of the virus like fever, cough and potentially fatal secondary bacterial infections.

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