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

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

AFP  |  Athens 

Medical personnel scan a new coronavirus patient at a hospital in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province

The new 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 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 "We cannot continue to rely on for 80 to 85 percent of pharmaceutical active ingredients," said Le Maire.

And the resulting industrial slowdown in 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.

First Published: Tue, February 25 2020. 15:00 IST
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