Europe faces a medicine shortage, but it’s not applying the right cures

There is talk of onshoring production of generics and building up stockpiles, but the prescriptions are problematic

Amoxicillin capusles at a pharmacy in Paris. No fewer than 25 out of the EU’s 27 member states are reporting severe shortages of antibiotics. PHOTO: REUTERS
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Major crises are opportunities for grand political declarations of intent, and the Covid-19 pandemic is no exception.

From early 2020 when the first lockdowns started paralysing economic and social activity, and every nation scrambled to get its hands on any supplies of scarce medicines and protective equipment, Europe’s leaders vowed that never again would their continent be vulnerable to shortages of such items.

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