As COVID-19 panic builds, pharmacy shelves run out of vital drugs

When she heard that Plaquenil is being used to treat the new coronavirus, Heba al-Zahed, who lives in Cairo and works as a project manager, was alarmed. She immediately called all the pharmacies that she had frequented over the past four years to buy her daughter’s medication. Her daughter is 16 years old and has an autoimmune disease. Zahed must always keep a stock of the drug for her daughter, whose condition can have severe complications. 

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