China races to make COVID drugs as Xi fears rural outbreaks

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By Bernard Orr and Martin Quin Pollard BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese drugmakers rushed to make anti-fever medicines and other treatments for COVID-19 on Thursday, after President Xi Jinping said he was worried about an influx of holiday travellers to rural areas ill-equipped to deal with sudden outbreaks. Xi’s comments come just over a month after his government abruptly axed his strict “zero-COVID” controls that had largely shielded China’s 1.4 billion people from the disease for three years but sparked widespread protests in late November. As travel ramps up during the busy Lunar New Year holi…

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