More than 70 countries at risk of running out of HIV drugs due to coronavirus pandemic, WHO says


The U. U. N N is is warning warning that that the corona the corona virus virus pandemic pandemic is is causing causing serious serious disruptions disruptions to to HIV HIV treatment treatment in in many many parts parts of the of world. the world. As As NPR's NPR's Jason Jason Beaubien Beaubien reports. reports. Medications Medications are are in short in short supply supply and and dozens dozens of countries of countries with with their their cargo cargo and shipping and shipping routes routes restricted restricted or or closed. closed. The The World World Health Health Organization Organization says says 24 24 countries countries are reporting are reporting their their supplies supplies of antiretroviral of antiretroviral drugs drugs have have reached reached critically critically low low levels levels have been have been cut cut off off entirely entirely due due to the to Corona the Corona virus virus pandemic. pandemic. Nearly Nearly 50 50 mohr mohr say say that that they're they're at at risk risk of of running running out out of the of life the life saving saving medicines, medicines, flight flight cancellations, cancellations, border border closures closures and and scaled scaled back back shipping shipping schedules schedules have have upended upended global global supply supply chains. chains. Local Local lockdowns lockdowns and further and further complicated complicated dispensing dispensing antiretroviral antiretroviral says says patients patients have have been been unwilling unwilling or or unable unable to travel to travel to clinics. to clinics. Other Other clinics clinics have closed have closed or been or been converted converted to Cove to Cove in 19 in 19 wards. wards. The U. The U. N N aid aid agency agency warns warns that that the Corona the Corona virus virus pandemic pandemic could could lead lead to to a a doubling doubling of AIDS of AIDS related related deaths deaths this this year year in sub in sub Saharan Saharan Africa. Africa. Jason Jason Beaubien Beaubien NPR NPR

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