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US News Brexit: The United Kingdom wants to stockpile drugs to prepare for a "no deal"

18:56  04 august  2020
18:56  04 august  2020 Source:   20minutes.fr

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The transition period started last February must end on December 31, and the prospect of a "no deal" with the The European Union looms

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While the post-Brexit transition period s On December 31, the British government urged pharmaceutical companies to stock up to six weeks of drug stocks to prepare for the infamous “no deal” .

Since the United Kingdom left the European Union on January 31 , after 47 years of union, the two parties have engaged in intense discussions to define the framework of their new relationship and forge a free exchange at the end of the transition period, which ends on December 31. But these negotiations are so far inconclusive, although the two sides remain hopeful of reaching a compromise.

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Tensions on stocks

Faced with the hypothesis of a "no deal" that could disrupt supply chains, the British government has asked companies to plan stocks of drugs to last a month and a half.

“We are aware that global supply chains are under significant pressure, exacerbated by recent events related to Covid-19. However, we are encouraging companies to make storage a key part of their preparations and ask this industry, if possible, to build up to six weeks of stock on UK soil, ”wrote the Department of Defense sales manager. Health in a letter to pharmaceutical companies posted Monday evening.

Protecting the healthcare system

They are also urged to consider alternative supply routes in the event of disruptions at major UK ports of entry such as Dover. The re-establishment of customs controls, without agreement between the two parties, could cause a slowdown in flows.

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Before the UK's exit from the EU, the government had built up stocks of drugs and medical equipment and "we plan to restore these levels to a target level of six weeks of total stock," it said. in this letter.

The British medical association, which represents doctors, "has always warned that a no-deal Brexit could have a potentially catastrophic impact on the NHS (public health service) and consequently on the health of the nation", responded the doctor David Wrigley, vice-president of the association. "Now, more than ever, it is absolutely crucial that the government establish a relationship that protects the future health of this country."

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