The record slump in China’s factory activity in February included a drop in pharmaceutical manufacturing. Photo: Xinhua

Coronavirus could cause global medicine shortages as China’s factory closures hit supply chains

  • Factory activity in China – the top producer of active pharmaceutical ingredients – hit all-time low in February after measures to halt outbreak
  • US and Europe monitoring short-term delay to supplies, with antibiotics, diabetes medications, HIV drugs and ibuprofen among those heavily reliant on China
Topic |   Coronavirus outbreak
The record slump in China’s factory activity in February included a drop in pharmaceutical manufacturing. Photo: Xinhua
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