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France: Paris pharmacy produces sanitiser in street to meet coronavirus demand02:11

France: Paris pharmacy produces sanitiser in street to meet coronavirus demand

France, Paris
March 27, 2020 at 21:36 GMT +00:00 · Published

A Parisian pharmacy has been producing thousands of litres of hydroalcoholic sterilising gel on the street as pharmacists work to make up for shortages amid surging demand due the coronavirus outbreak, as seen in footage from Friday.

"Many pharmacists have asked me to make hydroalcoholic solution because the World Health Organization (WHO) asked all pharmacists to produce this hydroalcoholic liquid, so little by little, the more we advance, the more we product," said Fabien Bruno, from Delpech pharmacy in the French capital's 6th arrondissement.

A team of pharmacists work all day in a large-scale workshop to produce supplies for hospitals and retail pharmacists.

"In plastic bags, it is for professionals: pharmacists and hospitals. For individuals, there are one litre bottles sold directly inside the pharmacy," pharmacist Romain added.

"Everyone understands that we should not do that in the middle of Paris, but today the production that we do here satisfies 100,000 people a day," said Bruno, acknowledging the unusual working conditions.

"In France there is a lack of hydroalcoholic solution, well, we are done with a rudimentary system. As the President says, we are at war, it is up to us to win this war," he added.

France is the fourth most affected country in Europe by the COVID-19 outbreak, with a total of 33,402 cases and 1,997 fatalities, according to the latest figures compiled from global reports by Johns Hopkins University.

France: Paris pharmacy produces sanitiser in street to meet coronavirus demand02:11
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A Parisian pharmacy has been producing thousands of litres of hydroalcoholic sterilising gel on the street as pharmacists work to make up for shortages amid surging demand due the coronavirus outbreak, as seen in footage from Friday.

"Many pharmacists have asked me to make hydroalcoholic solution because the World Health Organization (WHO) asked all pharmacists to produce this hydroalcoholic liquid, so little by little, the more we advance, the more we product," said Fabien Bruno, from Delpech pharmacy in the French capital's 6th arrondissement.

A team of pharmacists work all day in a large-scale workshop to produce supplies for hospitals and retail pharmacists.

"In plastic bags, it is for professionals: pharmacists and hospitals. For individuals, there are one litre bottles sold directly inside the pharmacy," pharmacist Romain added.

"Everyone understands that we should not do that in the middle of Paris, but today the production that we do here satisfies 100,000 people a day," said Bruno, acknowledging the unusual working conditions.

"In France there is a lack of hydroalcoholic solution, well, we are done with a rudimentary system. As the President says, we are at war, it is up to us to win this war," he added.

France is the fourth most affected country in Europe by the COVID-19 outbreak, with a total of 33,402 cases and 1,997 fatalities, according to the latest figures compiled from global reports by Johns Hopkins University.

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