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Rush for medication also outside China

China’s sudden abolition of zero-Covid continues to drive increased demand for fever medicines and virus test kits (China.Table reported). Ibuprofen and paracetamol in particular are currently in short supply in China. Pharmacies are strictly rationing these medications to prevent hoarding in case of emergency. Pharmacies in Singapore also report shortages. Local Chinese would buy up stocks for their relatives and friends in China, the South China Morning Post reported on Thursday. The Shun Xing Express courier service already announced to only allow 50 people per day to send medications back to China. Similar hoarding has also been observed in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and even Australia, CNN reports.

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