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JSE-listed local pharmaceutical manufacturers Aspen Pharmacare and Adcock Ingram say the coronavirus outbreak in China poses no immediate risk to production, as they have buffer stocks of imports used to formulate essential drugs.

The new respiratory illness, known as 2019-nCov, has sickened more than 40,500 people and killed more than 900 since it was first reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) in late December, according to its latest assessment. The majority of the cases are in the epicentre of the outbreak in Wuhan, in China’s Hubei province, but 27 other countries had also confirmed cases by 4pm on Monday...

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