France says Covid crisis ‘worsening’, aims to avoid lockdown

French Prime Minister Jean Castex warned Friday the country was seeing a “clear worsening” of the coronavirus pandemic, but said he would aim to avoid a new nationwide lockdown that would further hammer the economy. Nearly 10,000 new cases were recorded on Thursday, a record since wide-scale testing began, but Castex said a recent increase in COVID-19 hospitalisations was particularly […]

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France aims for paracetamol production within three years

France will produce the painkiller paracetamol on home soil within three years as part of the government’s pledge to reduce its reliance on foreign suppliers for key treatments and equipment in future health crises, officials said Thursday. The announcement by the health and finance ministries came two days after President Emmanuel Macron announced a series of measures to bolster domestic […]

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