COVID infections have recently surged, burdening China’s health care system. One of the current issues is a lack of medication.

An artist named Huang An shared his story with the Chinese media outlet Da Ji Yuan.

Huang An and his son were both infected almost at the same time. He shared this positive test result on his official Weibo account, saying that his only symptom was a fever.

However, his problem is the lack of medicine. According to the artist, his friend sent him a pack of ibuprofen via email. He said the pharmacy near his house hadn’t had ibuprofen for a long time.

At the moment, pain relievers and fever reducers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, have become scarce and expensive. The South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported that millions of Chinese were struggling due to the medicine shortage.

A 72-year-old man called Fan said there was ‘no ibuprofen, no aspirin, no vitamin C, absolutely nothing.’ Moreover, the drug stores didn’t even have watermelon frost lozenges to soothe the throat. Fan said that everything was sold out.

 67-year-old Zong Xiaoyan said his wife had a fever that started earlier. She said that every bit of her body was hurting. 

Huang An also mentioned a few days ago that he had been to Shenzhen, Hangzhou, and Fuzhou the previous week. He said that almost everyone around him has fallen, and the symptoms vary in severity.

Huang An has lived in mainland China since 2000. He often publishes remarks on Weibo that belittle Taiwan’s epidemic prevention policies and follows the arguments of the Chinese state-backed media to tout the authorities’ extreme epidemic prevention policies after the pandemic outbreak.However, he has recently frequently expressed dissatisfaction with the Chinese government’s anti-epidemic policies.

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