China is experiencing an epidemic of infectious diseases and a shortage of medicine, prompting calls for a national cutoff for the western medicine.
Chinese state media, quoting a statement from the Ministry of Public Health, said: “The western medical population has been dying out due to the economic crisis.”
The report also said a shortage in vaccines is causing a surge in infections.
A government-appointed panel on the Chinese People’s Republic of Medical Care and Research has recommended a national “western medicine” cutoff to ensure the country’s public health systems are equipped to cope with the pandemic.
China has a population of more than 9.5 billion and the country has an estimated 2.2 million cases of the pandemics coronavirus, which has killed nearly 400,000 people.
It has been widely reported that China has been hit by a severe food shortage, with some areas reporting that people have resorted to eating dead animals to feed themselves.