Coronavirus a game-changer, can't rely on China for drug supply: French FM

Topics Coronavirus | China | drugs

The new coronavirus is a "game changer" that will require a rethink of global supply networks especially in the health, medicine, and auto industries, the French finance minister said on Tuesday.

"The coronavirus epidemic is a game changer for globalisation," Bruno Le Maire said during a visit to Athens, adding that the outbreak had highlighted an "irresponsible and unreasonable" reliance on China. "We cannot continue to rely on China for 80 to 85 percent of pharmaceutical active ingredients," said Le Maire.

And the resulting industrial slowdown in China would have a "direct impact" on industrial resupply, he said.

The minister said the virus would affect global and European growth and have an impact on travel, given the number of Chinese tourists to Europe.

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