I have occasionally come across packaging with text in foreign languages before, but in 2021 this is common,” says 33-year-old Zhang from Shijiazhuang City District in Hebei Province. She has been working with drug packaging for over ten years. When isolated COVID-19 outbreaks escalated into a pandemic, she had to deal with packaging with inscriptions in the languages of many countries, including Indonesia, Romania, Thailand and Kyrgyzstan.
Overseas shipments of traditional Chinese medicines (TCM) have grown significantly, and Zhang has a lot more work to do this year than last year. She picks up packages from warehouses, delivers them to the workshop and hands them over to the workers on the production lines of the pharmaceutical company. Before picking up the packages from the warehouses, she needs to check whether they correspond to the product that is produced in the workshop.
“It drives me crazy, because from my school days, I only remember a few English words,” Zhang admits, adding that since the beginning of the year she has worked with packaging, the text on which was written in a dozen different languages. The coronavirus pandemic broke out and my colleagues and I had almost no days off. “Often, as soon as she gets used to one foreign language, the packaging is changed. “When the language changes to another, it takes a lot longer to check the information on the packages. But I am very proud of my work, because what we produce is helping to save lives,” says Zhang.
China has provided traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) products to fight COVID-19 in more than ten countries and regions, according to the International Cooperation Department of the State Administration of Traditional Medicine. In addition, the agency has organized about 40 conferences and live broadcasts with health authorities and experts from 82 countries and regions to share China’s experience in treating patients in this way.
About 50 specialists in this area have been sent to 30 countries, including Italy, Great Britain, Venezuela, Russia, Ethiopia and Cambodia, where they advise doctors, helping the governments of these countries cope with the disease, the department of international cooperation notes. To share the experience of prevention and control, specialists held lectures and consultations.
“It turned out that some traditional Chinese medicines (TCM) have some effect in the treatment of COVID-19,” said leading Chinese specialist in respiratory diseases Zhong Nanshan, speaking on November 27 at the conference on the development of innovation in medical science and technology in Shenzhen, Guangdong province. The next step is to conduct further research to find out which components of the drug have this effect. “
A Beijing-based pharmaceutical company said the Thai and Japanese authorities have authorized the use of granules of a traditional Chinese herbal medicine that has been clinically proven to be effective in treating the new virus.
The drug is now undergoing registration in more than 30 countries, and the process is going smoother and faster than before. “During a pandemic, countries urgently need drugs that can fight the disease,” said Sun Xuefei, CEO of a Chinese pharmaceutical company. In some countries, such as Uzbekistan, one of the traditional Chinese medicine antivirals is on the state list and people can get it even though it is not registered. Kuwait is also officially recognized as a drug for the treatment of patients with COVID-19