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chinadaily.com.cn 2020-12-30 16:09


>China adds 119 drugs to list
China has included 119 more kinds of drugs on its national medical insurance reimbursement list, delivering greater price cuts and benefiting more people, the National Healthcare Security Administration (NHSA) said at a press conference Monday. Ninety-six of the new additions to the list are exclusive drugs that offer lower prices through negotiation and 16 were newly put on the market this year, the NHSA said.
Altogether, a record number of 162 drugs on the list were negotiated for price reduction.
A deal was reached for 119 of the drugs, with their prices dropping an average of 50.64 percent.
The inclusions also helped expand the scope of reimbursement to cover more diseases, including COVID-19.
So far, all the medicines listed in China's latest diagnosis and treatment plan for COVID-19 have been added to the reimbursement list, the NHSA said.
China currently has 2,800 kinds of medicines on the medical reimbursement list, including 1,374 traditional Chinese patent medicines.

A food delivery worker braves heavy snow in Songyuan, Jilin province, on Nov 19. [Photo/China Daily]

>Orange alert for cold wave
China's meteorological authority on Monday issued an orange alert for a cold wave as a strong cold front will sweep across most parts of Central and East China.
From Monday to Thursday, the temperature in most parts of Central and East China is expected to drop by 10 degrees Celsius, while temperatures in some areas in Northwest, Northeast, North and South China will drop by 12 degrees Celsius to 16 degrees Celsius, according to the National Meteorological Center (NMC).
The cold wave will bring gales to the aforementioned regions and some sea areas near East and South China, the NMC said.
The center advised the public to take precautions against the cold weather and strong winds.
China has a four-tier color-coded weather warning system, with red representing the most severe weather, followed by orange, yellow and blue.
The center issued its last orange warning in 2016.

A healthcare worker tries to wake a patient who was extubated in the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) unit at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas, US, Dec 28, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>December deadliest in US
December has been the nation's deadliest month since the COVID-19 pandemic's start - with more than 63,000 Americans lost to the virus in the past 26 days.
In comparison, the entire month of November saw about 36,964 deaths.
The authorization of two COVID-19 vaccines in December offered some hope of a light at the end of the tunnel. But experts continue to warn that the pandemic is not over and another surge stemming from the Christmas holiday could be on its way.
The nation's top infectious disease expert Fauci described the potential rise in cases as a "surge upon a surge".
COVID-19 hospitalization numbers across the US are already at record levels.
On Sunday, the country recorded its fourth-highest number of hospitalizations with more than 118,720 COVID-19 patients nationwide, according to the Covid Tracking Project. This is the 26th consecutive day that the US has remained above 100,000 current hospitalizations.
"When you're dealing with a baseline of 200,000 new cases a day and about 2,000 deaths per day, with the hospitalizations over 120,000, we are really at a very critical point," Fauci said. "As we get into the next few weeks," he added, "it might actually get worse."

Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock speaks during the general debate on COVID-19 at the House of Commons in London, Britain, October 22, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>UK bans multi-buy offers
The UK will ban "buy one get one free" promotions for food high in fat, sugar or salt and free refills of sugary soft drinks in restaurants beginning in April 2022, the government said on Monday, its latest step in its plan to tackle obesity and improve public health.
The government said obesity is one of Britain's biggest long-term public health problems, with almost two-thirds of adults in England overweight and one in three children leaving primary school overweight or obese.
The measures also will restrict where in a store promotions on such products can be advertised, and unhealthy promotions will not be allowed at checkouts, shop entrances or at the end of aisles.

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