Workers at a medical manufacturer’s factory in Beijing in December. Drug shortages in the United States may worsen as China battles its Covid-19 surge. Photo: China Daily via Reuters
Workers at a medical manufacturer’s factory in Beijing in December. Drug shortages in the United States may worsen as China battles its Covid-19 surge. Photo: China Daily via Reuters

US drug shortages could worsen in coming months because of China’s health crisis, expert says

  • US Food and Drug Administration lists about 120 medical treatments in short supply, citing ‘manufacturing quality issues’ and supply chain difficulties
  • Even with US efforts to encourage alternative supply chains, ‘we are nowhere near the type of capacity at scale and quantity that we have in China’, one expert says

Workers at a medical manufacturer’s factory in Beijing in December. Drug shortages in the United States may worsen as China battles its Covid-19 surge. Photo: China Daily via Reuters
Workers at a medical manufacturer’s factory in Beijing in December. Drug shortages in the United States may worsen as China battles its Covid-19 surge. Photo: China Daily via Reuters
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