EU Industry Wants End To Isolated National Measures On Coronavirus
Unilateral Supply-Chain Policies Could Lead To Damaging ‘Tit For Tat’
A host of European pharmaceutical industry associations, including off-patent body Medicines for Europe, has urged EU trade ministers to push back against European and global restrictions on the movement of medicines and medical equipment that are hampering the international supply chain's response to the coronavirus pandemic.
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EU drug industry federation, EFPIA, is concerned that an increase in protectionist trade measures by some countries could result in tit-for-tat policies that could hamper the global response to contain COVID-19.
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